Calgary native Owen Hargreaves finally received some good news Wednesday.
Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson announced that the 29-year-old midfielder has made his squad despite Hargreaves' lingering injury concerns.
Hargreaves, who signed with United in 2007, made only one appearance on the pitch during the past two seasons because of tendinitis in both his knees. He has spent the past two months in Colorado under the care of specialist Dr. Richard Steadman and there is still no timetable for his return.
Ferguson was facing a Sept. 1 deadline to officially announce his 25-man squad. Once the squad is officially submitted to the Premier League, teams can only make changes under exceptional circumstances and Ferguson openly admitted he was struggling with whether Hargreaves should make the cut.
"(There's) only one issue really," Ferguson said earlier this week. "That is whether I can afford to allot one of the 25 places to Owen Hargreaves as he continues to battle for full fitness ... Once the squad is named you cannot change it until the next transfer window. It's crunch time this week."
As expected, veterans Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney were also included on the 25-man roster.