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Scan confirms Owen woe

21 Jun 2006 - 12:12:11

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 TheFA.com: "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.


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