Sam Allardyce has again talked about Michael Owen’s injury situation and Sam says Michael has not got a hernia and does not need an operation on it.
We’re going to have to be very careful reporting this because there are so many stories flying around and we’re not sure which is the truth.
These quotes are directly from Sam at the training ground yesterday afternoon â€“ so we’ll take a look at what he said.
Michael Owen – out for at least 3 weeks
This is what Sam had to say on Wednesday afternoon:
“He will be back for the first game after the England internationals at the very, very earliest,” “If he does have surgery we will be managing two situations and one might clear up quicker than the other.â€
“Michael has had that many disappointments that he manages it very well. He’s strong mentally and he deals with it and gets back to playing as soon as he possibly can.â€
“The full picture is that he has not got a hernia, but there may be a weakness in the stomach area which may have contributed to the abductor muscle tear.â€ “So while he is out for two or three weeks with that tear, we are sending him to a specialist in Germany who will assess him and if there is any surgery needed to strengthen the area – not repair a hernia – that will be undertaken there.â€
“That should clear up both problems and allow Michael to hopefully push on to play more and more games on a regular basis.â€ “For him and for us it’s disappointing, but we have to manage and get on with it.”
This is going to be a disappointment for Michael who is now getting criticism from various quarters for always being injured. But Big Sam is doing all the right things by trying to get to the bottom of his injuries â€“ and get that basic problem fixed â€“ and hopefully Michael will never get that particular injury again – or at least the chances will be reduced.
It’s frustrating in the short term but we like the long term possibilities for Michael. A fit Michael Owen is worth a lot to Newcastle United â€“ and while Sam obviously ensures Owen’s immediate problems are fixed â€“ he also wants to ensure that’ll be the last time for that particular problem. Sam and the Newcastle fitness staff already have Michael doing special warm up and strengthening exercises that Sam says Owen will do for the rest of his career. We’ll know by around next year at this time if Sam has been successful with this strategy â€“ we hope so.
So we’ll keep the faith with Michael – he’s certainly worth it. We expect Michael is not too happy with all these injuries but as Sam says – he’ a mentally tough cookie – good for him.