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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Owen back from heart scare, Rowe injured and Moore departs

BARROW AFC midfielder James Owen is set to be back on the bench for tonight's FA Cup first round replay against Guiseley at Holker Street following a heart scare.

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Central midfield terrier James Owen (in blue) in action for Barrow AFC against Wrexham earlier this season

The club's official website says: "James Owen has been cleared to resume training and take a place on the bench for tonight's FA Cup replay with Guiseley, kick-off 7.45pm.

"Owen has been sidelined for over a month after suffering from a racing heart during games towards the end of September.

"Barrow physio, Sean Riley, arranged for Owen to be checked over by specialists and after a month of tests and appointments, the welsh midfielder was given the ok to resume competitive exercise yesterday (Monday)."

Riley added: "We will just have to play it by ear. The specialists have said it's nothing serious and may not happen again and so they have given their blessing for him to get back involved. However, he is not totally out of the woods yet and we will monitor him and make sure everything is ok.

"The doc said if it does recur, he is pretty sure he knows what the problem would be and this could be corrected with a fairly minor operation which would only further sideline James for a couple of days.

"With seven allowed on the bench in the cup, we may as well take the opportunity to get him back involved with the squad again, as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, winger Danny Rowe is set to be sidelined until just before Christmas with a broken toe suffered in the 2-1 home defeat against Lincoln City last weekend.

Another winger, Chris Moore, who made just one start for the Bluebirds, has left the club by mutual consent.

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