By Ollie Irish
A couple of big injury stories this morning:
1) Michael Owen is out for the rest of the season
Alex Ferguson confirmed Owen would miss the rest of the campaign after picking up a leg injury in the League Cup final last Sunday. It was initially thought to be a minor hamstring tweak, but it is more serious than that and requires an operation.
“It’s a bad blow – he’s out for the season,” Ferguson said. “Unfortunately it’s more serious than we thought. He will be operated on on Monday morning.
“It’s a terrible blow for the lad and is disappointing news for us too.
“He has never missed a training session all season. I think the heavy pitch at Wembley on Sunday made some contribution to it but really it is just bad luck.”
Tough break for Owen, if not literally. No chance of him going to the World Cup now, except as a pundit or fan. At least it makes the Owen decision even easier for Fabio Capello – not that I ever thought the Italian was going to risk Owen in his squad of 23.
2) Jose Bosingwa is out for the season and will also miss the World Cup
Chelsea full-back Jose Bosingwa will miss the rest of the season and the World Cup with Portugal as he requires further surgery on a knee injury, the Premier League club have confirmed.
Bosingwa had been back in light training after knee surgery but has now been ruled out for the season because another operation is required.
Shitty luck for Bosingwa too.