Newcastle United have confirmed this afternoon that Michael Owen will indeed have surgery on his hernia this coming Friday.
As we suggested earlier in the week he will travel to Germany to be operated on by top German surgeon Dr Ulrike Muschaweck.
Dr. Muschaweck’s â€œMinimal Repairâ€ procedure can allow a player to return to competitive football within two weeks of the operation.
But we have to stress that two weeks is a best case scenario and we don’t expect that to be the case with Owen.
Michael Owen – to have hernia surgery on Friday.
The first of the England games is against Estonia at Wembley is on 13th October and it is extremely unlikely that Owen will be available for that game or the game with Russia on the following Wednesday.
The news will not be good for Steve McClaren, the England manager, as Owen played a key role in ensuring victories over Israel and Russia when Owen scored 3 good opportunist goals for his country. His partner during those two successful games, Emile Heskey has already been ruled out of both games with a broken metatarsal.
Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck of the German Hernia Center
Dr Muschaweck developed new hernia repair techniques fairly recently and one of these techniques is called 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. Dr. Muschaweck is world-renowned for this procedure and we know Michael will get the world’s best treatment.