Sam Not Sure About Owen Injury

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).”

“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.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Callum

    Sep 23, 2007 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Let him rest and play Martins, i really dont see why Owen played today when SA knew he had a groin injury

  • Rocky

    Sep 23, 2007 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Everyone that’s joining the anti Harper brigade:

    Give Harper some credit, it;s taken him 15 years to make 16 appeareances! He has been with us so long, he desrves the chance to have a run out, especially now that he is having a good run. No keeper in this world wud have saved that Ashton shot today, it was a class strike. I agree he’s not a great organiser or shouter but no players are alike. I watched Cech race out of his goal today to give Mikel an ear bashing when he made a mistake.

    Say BS dropped him and brought back Given, what kind of message would that send to the rest of the team? Play 2 the best of ur abilities but i’m gonna drop u when the big boys are back! Not good for team morale.

    However, I am a bit worried if Given is not getting any games, then Arsenal sure could be making enquiries in January.

    I’d love to see the following team on Tuesday

    Given / Harper

    Enrique – Rozenhal – Taylor – Beye

    NZogbia – Geremi – Butt – Milner

    Smith & Martins

    Owens, Viduka, Cacapa injured of course

    P.S – If anyone is playing the SUn Dream Team, Rozenhal is a bargain buy at 1.5m and has amassed quite a few points. Even Zoggy is a bargain. Ashton at £1m – Bargain

  • Rocky

    Sep 23, 2007 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #3

    I think Martins and Smith waill make a great pairing. Smith looks cluless in Midfield and can’t cross a ball to save his life. Smith too is good in the air and I can see them both complementing each other.

    What are your thoughts?

  • Keep Oba

    Sep 23, 2007 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Not sure why we had Owen run out today…I reaalllly want him to do well..I am not anti-Owen..but we all knew he had a little injury coming into this game…why risk it when you got a healthy and speedy Oba…yes he missed that sitter at the end, but he did have an assist…and he keeps only having 40 minutes a game to run out there, I think given some sort of regular starting Oba would be in good form. I like Viduka I really do (coincidentally… does anyone think Viduka joined us because he is a big fan of Collingwood of the Australian rules league and they are Black and White stripped as well as being called the Magpies? just wondering)…anyways…I have been a proponent of putting Owen and Oba up front together to see just what they can do (I dont care for this big man little man crap..especially when that “big man” is Ameobi)…Anyways…I hope Owen can get fit and stay fit (a big if anymore) because a fit Owen only helps Newcastle……Ugh…if we could have beaten Derby we would be in Second place….oh well..cant look back now…On to Arsenal and then on to Man City!

  • Joe

    Sep 24, 2007 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Smith is Newcastle’s best player behind charle’s imo.
    Owen doesn’t deserve first team. Whats he proved AT NEWCASTLE? Nout
    Martins and Viduka should be first choice. Oba loves it here you can tell by the way he plays. Owen couldn’t care a less. I say sell him. Buy Ashton. Howay The Lads!

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2007 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Joe – Owen has scored 9 goals in 19 appearances for NUFC. He has proven that when he is fit, he will score goals and win games.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 24, 2007 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Agree with you about Ashton – I was saying that b4 he broke his leg. We need to keep hold of world class players like Owen though if we are to move forward. Surely it would make a lot more sense to offload Ameobi and bring Ashton in as the 4th striker?


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