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Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given will miss the start of the Premier League season, which kicks off on Saturday.


The 31-year-old limped out of last weekend's friendly against Sampdoria with a groin injury and has been sent to a specialist in London.


Boss Sam Allardyce said: "He has been for a scan and it does not look serious, it's just a slight strain.


"At the moment we only expect him to be out for a couple of weeks but we won't take any risks."


Newcastle begin the new campaign at Bolton on Saturday and Michael Owen is also set to miss that game.


Allardyce has revealed his "bitter disappointment" at the England striker's inability to take part in most of the club's pre-season friendlies.


A thigh injury picked up during shooting practice last month has left the 27-year-old on the sidelines.


Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/t...ted/6936823.stm

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