Portsmouth may be up against Owen

Last updated : 14 October 2003 By Alex Dale
The England international was expected to miss the Fratton Park clash after an ankle injury in the defeat to Arsenal, but may well return after missing the UEFA cup match with Slovenia's Ljubljana.

"I've heard the rumours that he'll be out for a long time but they are not true," said Houllier. "He is not going to have an amputation.

"He won't be ready for Ljubljana so the target is then Portsmouth. But he'll be back with us sooner rather than later."

Portsmouth's own Dejan Stefanovic is expected to be able to return to face Liverpool after missing Serbia-Montenegro's match with Wales with a hand injury.