Sam Allardyce admitted after Newcastle’s win against West Ham today that he was unsure about the severity of Michael Owen’s injury. Owen asked to be replaced only 5 minutes into the second half when Oba Martins came on.
Owen looked good for Newcastle in the first half but had to be replaced by Obafemi Martins after 51 minutes.
He went straight down the tunnel which is normal for Newcastle players as they take an ice bath immediately after the game. Owen’s injury is still to be assessed, but Sam is not sure if Michael has aggravated the groin problem he had previously, or whether this is a new injury.
Michael Owen congratulating Mark Viduka on the Aussie’s first goal today
Sam told Sky Sports after the game:
“I’m not so sure of the extent of the injury, whether it’s any different or the same one but we’ll find that out later,” “We will probably scan it again, have another specialist opinion and then see where we go from there.”
“But he is definitely out for Tuesday (against Arsenal in the Carling Cup).â€
“I am worried that he asked to come off today because he felt it, whereas it was me who took him off against Derby.”
That’s a little worrying and maybe – if it’s the same injury – it’s worse than first feared. If indeed Michael does need a hernia operation it may be good to have it done right away. He should then be available for England’s European games in October – although that would not be certain because of Michael’s usual slow recovery from injuries. He would however be ready to play in the Newcastle games, when Oba Martins is off in January playing in the African Cup for Nigeria.
The Estonia game is at Wembley on 13th October, which is 2 weeks next Saturday and the game at Russia is on the following Wednesday. If Owen does require surgery, Allardyce told the BBC this afternoon that the operation would take place immediately.
“We will look after Michael Owen’s interests more than anybody else’s,”
“He is our most expensive asset, so we must not go on any longer than we need to, we must address the injury straight away.”
We should know within a day or two if Michael does need an operation. If it is a hernia, these operations are now much easier than before and players can be back playing within 2 weeks of the operation – but that’s a very best case scenario. Owen is likely to head for Munich and top German surgeon Dr Ulrike Muschaweck, who is the surgical chief and founder of the Hernia Center that exclusively specializes in hernias of the abdominal wall and groin region.
Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck of the German Hernia Center
Dr Muschaweck developed new hernia repair techniques recently and one of these techniques is the “Minimal Repair” Technique of the groin, which is a method of repairing a hernia under a local anaesthetic. The patient is fully awake during the short procedure and can walk out of the operating room after it. She does the procedures exclusively and has performed it on over 1,500 athletes from all over the world.