After the game last night Sam Allardyce clarified the injury situation with Michael Owen’s groin.
Turns out that Michael has a tear (3cm in length) in his abductor muscle and this will need 3 weeks recovery time.
Since he’s forced by this injury to be out of action, Newcastle are taking the opportunity to finally have him visit Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck in Germany on Friday to have a hernia operation.
Michael Owen – has muscle tear and will have hernia operation
This will be the German surgeon’s Minimal Repair Technique where the patient is only under local anesthetic and heals rather quickly. The best case scenario is 2 weeks (which will not be Michael’s case) so hopefully after 3 weeks off Michael’s abductor muscle tear will have healed and he will also have fixed his hernia problem.
Hey â€“ with any luck we may be able to keep Michael fit for the rest of the season.
Don’t believe the reports that will be coming out shortly saying that Michael could possibly play in the upcoming England European Qualifying games against Estonia and Russia in mid-October. That would be rather foolish since it will be a risk which Newcastle will not be willing to take with their prize asset.
Newcastle have a home game against Tottenham on Monday 22nd October and that’s probably the target game for Michael’s return so he’ll miss just two more Newcastle games. These two are games at Manchester City on Saturday and the home game with Everton.
We also know that Brazilian center-back Claudio Cacapa is out with a groin strain but so far nothing from the club on what his prognosis is or when he’ll be back.