The question in the press yesterday was whether Michael Owen will at some time need a hernia operation.
If that’s the case the minimum time needed to recover from the now relatively short procedure is 3 weeks but there again Michael has never been a quick healer and will probably take longer.
What is not clear is whether Michael actually needs one or whether it’s all hype in the papers.
Michael Owen – suffered a slight groin strain
This is the statement Big Sam gave out yesterday:
“He does not need a hernia operation. I fully expect him to be fit to face West Ham on Sunday.”
Owen was sent for a scan after Monday night’s game as a precaution to see if he needed surgery to cure a niggling groin problem, after being substituted against Derby County on Monday. That seemed to be straight forward but then there were a number of reports yesterday suggesting Michael had been nursing a hernia for a few weeks and would need an operation at some time. One of these was in the local Evening Chronicle.
If that’s the case Owen is likely to head for Munich and top German surgeon Dr Ulrike Muschaweck, who has perfected the procedure that allows players to return within a couple of weeks from a hernia operation. During the actual procedure only a light anaesthetic is used and Dr Muschaweck has developed a new â€˜Minimal Repairâ€™, meaning that her patients are usually well enough to leave the clinic the same day. Obviously an overnight stay is usually required for those who fly into Germany for the procedure.
England have two European qualifying games with Estonia and Russia on October 13 and 17 respectively, and Owen is now a key player again for England. But from Newcastle’s point of view they would like to restrict the number of games Michael misses for the club and therefore having it over an international break would make sense for the club, who pay Michael’s wages.
But the official injury report on Michael indicates he has a slight groin strain and is out till 23rd September but Sam does expect him to line up for our important game against West Ham on Sunday. Hope he makes it since Michael has a history of having these niggles take him out of games, but we’ll stick with what Big Sam is saying and assume all this about a hernia operation is just hype.
We need Michael firing on all cylinders – all this season.