Injury prone Old Trafford man will not play again this season.
Manchester United striker Michael Owen will not play again this season after pulling his hamstring in the 2-1 Carling Cup win over Aston Villa.
The 30-year-old, who scored United’s equaliser at Wembley, pulled up while chasing a through ball in the first half and was replaced by Wayne Rooney.
The injury all-but ends Owen’s hopes of playing for England at the World Cup.
“It is a terrible blow for the lad. It is more serious than we thought,” said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I think the heavy pitch at Wembley played some part, but it’s also bad luck.”
Owen, who will have one year remaining on his two-year contract at Old Trafford at the end of this season, is to undergo surgery on Monday.
And although he himself has not mentioned England’s World Cup campaign in South Africa, which starts on 11 June, Owen said he was looking forward to the start of next season.
“I have loved every minute of my first campaign with Manchester United and have already enjoyed some memorable moments,” he said.
“I am determined to come back at the start of next season in peak condition.”
Owen, who has scored 40 goals in 89 games for England and last played for the national side in March 2008, admitted last month that he was not expecting a World Cup call from coach Fabio Capello. (BBC Sport)
I guess its a case of you get what you paid for. Sir Alex knew when he snapped up Michael Owen that he would almost certainly break down with a serious injury at some point so when it finally happened no one can be that surprised. Its a shame though for the former Liverpool striker as when he has been selected he has done the job required of him. Nine goals in eleven starts is pretty good going but obviously he has also been hauled off the bench a fair few times but nonetheless he has been a useful man to call upon and will probably be kept at Old Trafford for next season because when he is fighting fit he is still capable of applying the finishing touch to find the back of the net.
However his World Cup dream, and it must surely have only been a dream, is over. Fabio Capello appears to not have much time for the 30 year old, although once again he could still have been that little bit of quality from the bench in the showpiece tournament could have turn back the years to make a contribution, but as it is England will have to hope that Wayne Rooney can find the midas touch because after the prolific Man United man there are not that many options of real quality to turn to.