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Don't get too excited, it's probably old news. From yesterday's Chronicle:

 

Owen's upbeat on fitness battle

 

Michael Owen is determined to stay positive as he faces up to another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

 

A fractured metatarsal at Tottenham on New Year's Eve wrecked the second half of last season for the club's record signing, and he knows he won't kick a ball before the end of the year after rupturing his cruciate in England's World Cup clash with Sweden.

 

But as Owen prepares to jet out to America to see specialist Dr Richard Steadman, he revealed in an exclusive interview with Newcastle World TV that he "feels guilty" for the Newcastle fans who will be without their star striker for the foreseeable future.

 

He said: "We've had all the scans done over here - basically we're thinking from what the scans say that it's a cruciate.

 

"It's a rupture - you can't see the cruciate on the scan, so it's obviously floating about somewhere in the knee, but apart from that there is minimal damage.

 

"There is nothing else that needs operating on, so that is a big bonus.

 

"Not so much of a bonus in terms of time limits, but just in coming back where you have just one injury to come back from and not plenty of things going on in your knee."

 

He added: "It's a bitter pill to swallow, and if I thought I'd miss the World Cup and be back for the start of the season then it would have softened the blow.

 

"But to get the injury that most footballers fear the worst and to be ruled out for the rest of the year is a major disappointment."

 

Owen's injury-plagued spell on Tyneside means he has made just 11 appearances for the Magpies since his summer switch from Real Madrid, and he admits to "feeling guilty" at the start of another period of inactivity.

 

"I did feel guilty as I said shortly after the injury, I'm that type of person," he added.

 

"My mum, dad, sister and wife came down from the stand to the treatment room and they were talking to me and obviously you feel sorry for yourself for a few minutes.

 

"But after that I was straight on the phone texting people at Newcastle, the manager, the chairman obviously, and that's the way I feel.

 

"As soon as I got injured I thought the World Cup was dead and buried for me, and the main people to suffer were the Newcastle fans. That's how I feel."

 

Looking back at the incident Michael added: "It was my first touch I think.

 

"I got the ball into feet out wide, took a touch and saw Ashley Cole just making a run inside me and I played the ball inside the defender.

 

"I went to plant my foot. I'm not sure where I was going to run, but I think it must have been back towards the central area, and I just felt my knee give way.

 

"I didn't know whether it was a twist or what, but it just literally gave way.

 

"After that, I just remember crawling off the pitch and into the treatment room."

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Michael Owen has handed Newcastle a boost after scans showed only his anterior cruciate ligament was ruptured whilst away on international duty.

 

The 26-year-old's miserable World Cup came to an end in England's last group game against Sweden when he fell awkwardly and damaged his knee.

 

It had been feared that Owen had suffered both anterior and medial damage but this worry has now been allayed after a series of tests.

 

Owen is now all set to have surgery in America early next week, with top knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman to meet with the England hit-man.

 

Steadman has previously worked wonders with both Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy, with Owen in a confident mood despite the fact he will likely be out of action until the New Year.

 

"We've had all the scans done over here, basically we're thinking from what the scans say that it's a cruciate," Owen told the club's official website

 

"It's a rupture, you can't see the cruciate on the scan so it's obviously floating about somewhere in the knee, but apart from that there is minimal damage.

 

"There is nothing else that needs operating on, so that is a big bonus.

 

"Not so much of a bonus in terms of time limits, but just in coming back where you have just one injury to come back from and not plenty of things going on in your knee."

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decent news that there's no damage to the medial ligament too. he'll still do well to kick a ball again this season

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NEWCASTLE United have confirmed Michael Owen will undergo a two-stage procedure to repair the knee ligament damage sustained while on World Cup duty with England.

 

The Magpies' record signing ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while representing his country against Sweden in June.

 

On Monday, Michael and United club doctor Roddy McDonald travelled across to America to visit Dr Richard Steadman at his clinic in Vale, Colorado.

 

When the world-renowned specialist examined Michael's knee on Wednesday morning he discovered there was also some slight lateral cartilage damage that needed to be repaired first.

 

That work was successfully carried out and the 26-year-old can now begin rehabilitation work on that part of his injury. Newcastle physio Derek Wright will fly across to America to work alongside the clinic's rehab team with Michael before they return to Tyneside next week.

 

Michael will then return to Dr Steadman's base in around eight weeks time for the second part of the procedure, which will be to repair his ruptured anterior cruiciate.

 

Manager Glenn Roeder told nufc.co.uk: "I spoke to our club doctor Roddy McDonald after the first stage of the procedure had been done, and he explained to me what the second stage would involve and that it could take place in eight weeks time."

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NEWCASTLE United have confirmed Michael Owen will undergo a two-stage procedure to repair the knee ligament damage sustained while on World Cup duty with England.

 

The Magpies' record signing ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while representing his country against Sweden in June.

 

On Monday, Michael and United club doctor Roddy McDonald travelled across to America to visit Dr Richard Steadman at his clinic in Vale, Colorado.

 

When the world-renowned specialist examined Michael's knee on Wednesday morning he discovered there was also some slight lateral cartilage damage that needed to be repaired first.

 

That work was successfully carried out and the 26-year-old can now begin rehabilitation work on that part of his injury. Newcastle physio Derek Wright will fly across to America to work alongside the clinic's rehab team with Michael before they return to Tyneside next week.

 

Michael will then return to Dr Steadman's base in around eight weeks time for the second part of the procedure, which will be to repair his ruptured anterior cruiciate.

 

Manager Glenn Roeder told nufc.co.uk: "I spoke to our club doctor Roddy McDonald after the first stage of the procedure had been done, and he explained to me what the second stage would involve and that it could take place in eight weeks time."

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i think we can safely write off most of next season for micky owen now. after going under the knife twice you're talking 7 months minimum. add the that the fact that he's a slow healer.... ;)

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So, in summary, the club Dr and Derek Wright get a canny jolly over in the USA for a bit in case Michael needs someone to hold his hand before the operation. ;)

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