Sam Clarifies Michael Owen Injury


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.

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Michael Owenhas 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 – 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.

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Sep 26, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Probably wasn’t the greatest idea to start him against West Ham….

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  • SingKing

    Sep 26, 2007 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Hammy, probably it wasnt. Neither was playing him 2 full games for England. And the next mistake will be to target him to come back against the HotSpuds. When he is fit play him in the reserves, then 20 minutes off the bench, and then start him when is both 100% fit and Martins has gone off to the African Cup.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 26, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Hammy….Probably wasn’t the greatest idea to buy him in first place.

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  • yemozone

    Sep 26, 2007 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes,i agree with u.Idont know why BSA so much depend on Owen,even when he’s half fit.

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  • Magpie Neil

    Sep 26, 2007 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #5

    After two exhausting performances for England in european qualifiers Michael returns to be thrown into the starting line up for Newcastle. Why would you do that when Martins at that point was the form player? Reminds me of last season when Roeder was in charge. Blaming the state of affairs on injuries then rushing players back only for them to get injured again!

    Bad management from Big Sam who had said only a week earlier that he wouldnt rush Owen back.

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  • John

    Sep 26, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree..Dont bring him in unless he 100% fit…why take the risk when you have Oba…

    Being honest i feel a bit sorry for Oba..He started off on a flyer and got droped when he never deserved it.

    If its not broken don’t fix it

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  • Sinead

    Sep 26, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Maybe not a bad thing, obviously terrible for Owen like no one wants him to be injured, he’s been injured enough, he’s a good player like and you wouldn’t wish it on anyone like but it means that Sam can now pick a team (well up front anyway) without bias in it. Which is fairer on the other players. But obviously it would be so much better if he could do that without being forced into it through injury.
    No doubt when he’s fit again he’ll slot straight back in..AGAIN.

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  • leo

    Sep 26, 2007 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #8

    owen plays when he is fit, will always happen, shame because in the long run oba goals will be a better player, shame he will want to move if he does not get a look in for the starting lightup.

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  • Sinead

    Sep 26, 2007 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Ya tell me about it. It sucks.

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  • ende

    Sep 27, 2007 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Owen’ll get better as Sam works with him on his conditioning. It was definitely stupid to play him so much, so soon after his recent injuries. He just needs time though.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 27, 2007 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    If Oba turns into half the player Michael Owen is then NUFC will have done very well indeed.
    One of the best things about football is that everyone has their opinions on who is a great player and who isn’t and you can argue it either way. It’s always a bit easier with strikers though, because no matter else they bring to a team, they will always be judged on goals. And that is why it is absolutely ludicrous to talk about Oba as being better than Michael Owen already. Next to Owen the kid has done nothing in his career. Owen has scored a goal every 2 games at Liverpool, Real Madrid and now Newcastle – and he’s reproduced identical form on the international stage. At Madrid he barely got a look in, but he still manged to have a better goals per minute ratio than any other players in La Liga – and that’s is saying something. At Liverpool he was awarded European Footballer of the year – making him the first British player to win it since Keegan (I think).
    I know it’s frustrating that he hasn’t played as much as we’d like, but you cannot argue that, when he does play, he invaribly finds the back of the net – something that Oba has proved to be too inconsistent at so far.
    Also, for those of you that seem to think that Owen just walks back into the team. He doesn’t and he didn’t. He played in plenty of games before he turned out for the first team and even then he was subbed on towards the end – he even featured for the reserves. How many times did Shearer play for the reserves after injury??
    And as for Sineads theory that he only plays cos he’s English. You know I heard you talking of racism on another post, but the way you carry on with this crap about English players it seems that it might be you who is racist. Then again hating the English would hardly be an original stance for an Irishman (or woman) to take, would it?

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  • Sinead

    Sep 27, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Half the player Michael Owen WAS. It’s not racism it’s politics and I’ve said that Sam might have been put under pressure to play Owen, along with Harper if the media and fans and such put pressure on him to do so for the English games. If you want to see that as racist then I suppose you can but it’s English football politics.

    Martins hasn’t been given enough game time tosee if he’s inconsistent or not. Me saying that there’s bias there doesn’t necessarly mean that it’s cause he’s English, it probally plays a part in it like but he just seems to prefer him. But Martins in the long one is better and younger and not broken.

    You know the name Sinead..do you honeslty don’t know if that’s a girls or a fellas name??

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