Sam – Owen Does Not Have a Hernia

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 – 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.”

“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.”

“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.” “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.”

“That should clear up both problems and allow Michael to hopefully push on to play more and more games on a regular basis.” “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 – and get that basic problem fixed – 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 – and while Sam obviously ensures Owen’s immediate problems are fixed – 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 – 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.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 27, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    No surprise really with this new injury-Owen was rushed back far too quickly when we had the likes of viduka,smith and martins to cover we should have eased him back to full match fitness.
    He should not have played the 2 England games on the bounce or started for us until he was fully fit.
    So I blame SA and SM for this latest injury.
    And the good news is Martins has lost his touch and confidence because of this , since the bolton match Martins he has looked a shadow of the martins I remember.

  • yemozone

    Sep 27, 2007 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    sirjasotoon- i 100% agree to ur comment

  • Coolsmurf

    Sep 27, 2007 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    really don’t get it, what’s with all the injuries and then patching up? is owen the most operated footballer alive??

  • Dz Adams

    Sep 27, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    To say he was rushed back is a bit harsh onBS,neither of you are medical experts and from what we know every injury is a different one each time,lets face the bloke is injury prone not just now but ever since he first burst onto the scene.

  • Steve K

    Sep 27, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Michael was given plenty of time to recover. You simply can’t predict how someone will react after a long injury lay-off.

    Looking to blame some for this smacks of immaturity.

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 27, 2007 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    @coolsmurf, I think Darren Anderton and Jamie Redknapp could probably still hold their own. It is a floating trophy though and I think Fowler must still have it in his cabinet. Probably forgot to hand it over lol

  • Adam

    Sep 27, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #7

    The positive side to it is that Martins will get more 1st team games, keeping him happy (just hope he foesn’t get injured as well!)


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