Newcastle United have again been given some heat for their handling of Michael Owen’s latest injury by Dudley Rogg, clinic director of the British Hernia Center, which he founded.
This was the guy who last week said Michael should be operated on immediately so he could be fit for England’s European qualifying games so we now take whatever he says with a large pinch of salt.
Let’s take a look at his gripe with us today.
Sam Allardyce - criticized for sending Owen to world’s best groin surgeon
What’s he complaining about now? Not much â€“ just that he’s astonished that Sam is sending Michael to world renowned German surgeon Ulrike Muschaweck. Rogg wants surgeons in England to perform the operation. Hey â€“ when you have a world class player like Michael then Newcastle are doing the right thing by sending him to the best â€“ who is considered to be Muschaweck.
Rogg said yesterday:
“Whatever it is, I find it absolutely astonishing he is going to travel to Germany to have an operation.
“We have really top, world-class surgeons in this country who are at least as expert in the field.”
We do admit that the procedure Michael is getting is a relatively simple one. Owen is expected to have the today or tomorrow. Sam Allardyce has already ruled Michael out of England’s Euro 2008 qualifiers next month â€“ good for him because it would have been a risk either way to have Michael play in them â€“ either by delaying the operation or trying to have him play quickly after the operation. What’s most important is Michael’s health and fitness â€“ period..
As we reported yesterday Allardyce is aiming to have Owen back to face Tottenham on October 22 “at the very, very earliest”.
As we reported earlier Michael has an abductor muscle tear of 3 mm and a suspected weakness in his stomach area which could eventually lead to a hernia, with both of these problems possibly needing keyhole surgery in Germany. The surgery will be carried out before the weekend.
Michael could do with a little luck â€“ so let’s hope when he gets back he can have a long string of games. With Oba away at the Africans Cup over January we hope Michael is available then for lots fo starts. But until he’s fit again Martins is our man â€“ as we talked about yesterday – and we think Oba has the class to be great â€“ in the not too distant future. The game at Manchester City on Saturday would be a good time for Oba to start showing us that great form we know he’s capable of.