MUFO - Hargreaves' disappointment
By Andrew Cuff
Wednesday 12 Nov 2008 17:00:00
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Sidelined for the rest of the season perhaps longer. Owen Hargreaves, who only moved to United at the beginning of last season for £18 million, has only made an appearance in 37 games since joining Manchester United a year ago. After undergoing surgery in the USA on Monday the 10 November on his right knee he now awaits further surgery on his left knee in 2 weeks time. The surgery on the 27 year old midfielder's knees means his absence from the United squad will be at least until the start of next season, though depending on his recovery speed and return to match fitness he could only see a match for United well into next season.
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Hargreaves underwent surgery after visiting Dr. Steadman, who has operated on stars like Shearer, Rudd van Nistelrooy and Michael Owen. The decision was made in an attempt to save Hargreaves' career and hopefully extend his football career.
The surgery also means that Hargreaves will miss the England team's qualifiers early next year ahead of the 2010 World cup in South Africa. However the surgery means that provided Hargreaves recovers to full match fitness and plays in the same way he has for United before the injury he should be included in England's 2010 World Cup squad, though whether or not he will is still a doubt. United though are now another midfielder short for this season, as he joins Scholes on the recovery bench. Scholes though should see a United return towards the end of the season.
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