Fergie quick to reassure injured Owen he has future at Old Trafford
ALEX FERGUSON has insisted that Michael Owen has not played his last game for Manchester United after revealing the forward will undergo hamstring surgery on Monday that will end his season.
Owen has been told he will not play again this season after a visit to a London specialist on Thursday confirmed that the hamstring injury sustained during last Sunday’s Carling Cup final victory against Aston Villa is more serious than initially thought.
The 30-year-old’s unavailability creates a headache for Ferguson, who now has just two senior forwards – Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov – for a campaign that could run until the Champions League final on May 22.
Ferguson insists that Owen has been a success since his arrival from Newcastle last summer and will still be in his plans next season.
Ferguson said: “Michael will be here next season, absolutely.His training performances have been terrific and every game he came on for us he made a chance.
“But he is out for the rest of the season because his injury is more serious than we thought. He’ll have an operation on Monday morning. It’s a terrible blow for the lad and disappointing for us too. I think the heavy pitch at Wembley made some contribution to the injury.”
Owen has said he’s determined to fight back from his injury. “I have loved every minute of my first campaign with United and have already enjoyed some memorable moments. I am determined to come back at the start of next season in peak condition,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ferguson has revealed that Owen Hargreaves is due to play in the reserves for United next week – after almost two years on the sidelines.
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