Scan confirms Owen woe

21 June 2006 12:12
England striker Michael Owen has been ruled out of action for around five months after a scan on his injured right knee confirmed serious cruciate ligament damage. The Newcastle United ace had to be stretchered off early on in the 2-2 draw with Sweden in Cologne, with England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson fearing that the injury was a serious one. Those fears have proved to be correct, after Owen underwent a scan on his injury on Wednesday morning. Owen told "Obviously it's a massive blow to suffer the injury and be out of the World Cup. As soon as it happened I knew I was in trouble. "I'll go back home now and work with the Newcastle medical staff to put a recovery programme in place. "My main objective is now to get fit as quickly as possible for Newcastle United. Coach Eriksson added: "Michael has had terrible luck with injuries since Christmas. "I feel very sorry for him to miss out on the rest of the World Cup, it's a blow to him and a big loss for the team. "However, I am sure Michael will work very hard to get back as quickly as possible for Newcastle and England. He is a true professional and a very mentally strong person." Eriksson also has doubts over defenders Rio Ferdinand (groin) and Gary Neville (calf) for the last 16 clash with Ecuador.

Source: ESA