The long road back to fitness is nearly complete.
Owen Hargreaves insists he can return better than ever following his nightmare spell on the sidelines with knee problems.
The England international underwent ground breaking surgery with renowned knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman in America before undergoing an intense period of rehabilitation.
The former Bayern Munich youngster is back in training and is expected to make his first-team comeback at the end of the month, and the 28-year-old believes the best is yet to come.
“The best is yet to come and I just cannot wait to get back out there,” he told MUTV.
“I will be trying to improve my game and achieve the great success I think we (United) are destined for.”
Hargreaves could yet force his way into England manager Fabio Capello’s plans for next summer’s World Cup but first he wants to repay the faith shown in him by Red Devils fans.
“To look back at where I was to where I am now is amazing,” he added.
“I just want to be part of it again and have a great season. I cannot wait to pay back some of the faith the fans have shown me.” (Sky Sports)
Owen Hargreaves is an unlucky man, well as unlucky as a millionaire footballer can be, for he has not played a competitive match for over a year and the odds are that when he does step back out on the playing surface, he will probably injure himself again. Now I am not being needlessly cynical but he only need to look across from his Man United treatment table to see how his teammate, Michael Owen, has suffered a myriad of recurring knocks and Hargreaves tendinitis is far worse than any injury the Old Trafford striker has suffered.
Some setbacks are just incredibly hard to fight back from and after repeated surgeries on his knees it just seems inevitable that he will put too much strain on them in a match and hey presto he has his physio back on his speed dial.
It’s a real shame actually because the former Bayern Munich man is a real quality performer and given just how long and hard he pushed for a move from the Bundesliga to the Premier League it’s tragic that his career has stuttered so much since he got to England.
In an idea world he will be as good as new and he will sneak into the World Cup squad and perform to the highest of his abilities for club and country, the reality seems a country mile from that fantasy vision I’m afraid.
I really hope I am wrong in this assumption but some injuries are next to impossible to recover from.