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Owen's Injury Depletes England's Strike Force
Reuters UK, June 21st, 2006 2:31PM

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Poor Michael Owen. It took him forever to recover from a broken foot sustained late last year. He clearly returned too early, was never really match fit, and now he's suffered a torn ACLone of the most devastating injuries in soccerthat ends his World Cup and could take up to 9 months to heal. This, by the way, is exactly what Manchester United wanted to avoid with Wayne Rooney: when you rush a player back from injury too soon, he's more susceptible to a greater injury. And from the looks of Rooney, he isn't exactly out of the woods yet, either. Not by a long shot. You have to wonder now if Sven Goran Eriksson is regretting his decision to bring untested Theo Walcott into the team when he had the likes of Jermain Defoe and Andrew Johnson at his disposal. Owen left England's World Cup camp today and returned back to his club Newcastle, where he will begin undergoing treatment. "Michael has had terrible luck with injuries since Christmas," Eriksson said. So have England, by the way, as Owen's injury leaves the team with one (debatably) in-form striker, a 70 percent Wayne Rooney and a teenager on the bench as cover up top.

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