Reports Michael Owen Has Had Another Hernia Operation

News today that Michael Owen has had another groin operation in Munich, Germany, as he recovers from his ankle injury he picked up in the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City last month.


Michael Owen – another hernia operation?

Joe Kinnear had said Michael was due to return next Sunday in the game at Bolton, and while he was in Portugal last week we were told in fact he would return for the game at Hull, which is on March 14th, and that his 6 weeks out had always been the prognosis on his ankle injury.

If this report is true in The People today, we’re not sure why the club would keep this a secret, since if Michael did need something done to his groin, not would be a good time to have it, while he is out in any case with another injury.

So it doesn’t seem like the big deal The People are making of this.

The operation was where Oba Martins recently had his groin operation, at the Munich clinic of  Dr Ulrike  Muschaweck, where she previously performed a double groin operation on Owen in September of 2007.

The surgeon does these operations under local anaesthetic to cut down dramatically the recovery time needed .

The report also suggests that Michael will move on a free transfer to Manchester City in the summer, and if he does that, so be it.

We only want players at Newcastle who want to be at the club, and the club have stuck by Michael, through thick and thin in his 4 years on Tyneside, and yet he’s made only 52 starts with 26 goals in that time.

This is hardly a stellar record in almost 4 seasons.

If Michael does leave in the summer, his transfer will go down in history as one of the worst deals for a football club in history.

Newcastle paid £17M for Michael from Real Madrid in August, 2005, and have paid another £22M in wages over four years, so currently each goal has cost Newcastle £1.5M.

To say that is not good, is a huge understatement.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 22, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Someone told me if you have a Hernia Operation you can’t be sick for a while, does anyone know if this is true?

  • Ericles

    Feb 22, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    When are we going to get rid of this bloke? He is more of a disaster than Northern Rock. It is a never ending saga and time to call it a day. I am not the only one fed up with the will he? won’t he? Owen saga. We could paper the toilet wall with his sick notes. Get rid. Cut the losses.

  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 22, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    toon factor – u can come back after 1-2 weeks no longer really

  • GazzaToon

    Feb 22, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    how can u say that he is one of the worst transfers, he has a goal every other game ratio which is one of the best in the prem. the transfer was a fantastic transfer just the amount we paid real and how much were paying owen is what is the bad. 2-1 against the toffees today!

  • Tom

    Feb 22, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    A goal a game is impressive, but when it comprises 52 starts over years, then its just not acceptable. Considering the wages and the transfer fee, its a bloody disgrace.

  • Darling27

    Feb 22, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    I hope he leaves in the summer. Just think of the wage bill afterwards. He earns the wage of about 5 players!!! We could bring in a top class manager just by him leaving. Get Rid!!!

  • arctoa

    Feb 22, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Can’t argue with the goals per game ratio, the player is top-class. You can’t argue with the total number of games over four seasons either though; some players at top clubs will play more games than that in a single season, never mind four years. If he’s not willing to take a substantial cut on his contract on a pay-as-you-play basis, he doesn’t deserve our time.

  • Toonpiper

    Feb 22, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #8

    He’s a waste of space – get rid!

  • Toonpiper

    Feb 22, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #9

    If i was off sick that much I’d have lost my job a long time ago

  • Alex

    Feb 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    We really need to let him walk out of the club , the wages he is on we could get 2 world class players for . The older he gets the more injury prone he will become , its time to look elsewhere for a top class goal poacher and give Ranger a chance as well .

  • tom tomb

    Feb 22, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Hope the greedy little tool paid for it himself.

  • workyticket

    Feb 22, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Newcastle paid £17M for Michael from Real Madrid in August, 2005, and have paid another £22M in wages over four years, so currently each goal has cost Newcastle £1.5M.

    No Ed, Fat Fred and the Halls trousered over six million in compensation for his England injury, so he cost around £11 million in real terms. It’s still not worth it because he can’t even jump properly without injuring himself.

  • workyticket

    Feb 22, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #13

    *forgot quotes again.

  • geordieofkent1967

    Feb 22, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #14

    me thinks he hit the world stage at 17 and has nt set the world alight really time for him to do a season for FREE by the people who stood by him 4 yrs 52 games cmon michael a little bit back would be nice regardless of what is going on at the club STOP thinking about ya sell we could do wiv it!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 22, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #15


  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 22, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon factor….
    Don`t know if that is true about not being sick for a while.
    I have had the operation last year but these Pro players are in great shape and have the best Doctors so they can back after a couple of weeks but the Normal bloke needs a couple of months before puttin any strain on it.
    It depends on the type of Op also,the Doc in Germany does it with local anasthetic n is the best around


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