Michael Owen Out for the Season Due to Hamstring Injury

Michael Owen will have an injured hamstring repaired on Monday, effectively ending his season and erasing hopes that he would be called by Fabio Capello to suit up for the English squad for the World Cup in June. Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson confirmed that the 30-year-old forward suffered a season-ending injury in the Red Devils‘ win over Aston Villa in the League Cup final on Sunday.

The injury is a devastating blow to Owen, who had shown flashes of his old self over the last several matches. He scored a goal against Villa last Sunday before suffering the injury and registered his first hat trick for United in a 3-1 Champions League win over Wolfsburg in December last year. Owen remained positive despite the abrupt end to his first season with United, saying that he is “determined to come back at the start of next season in peak condition.”

Owen will have no salary while he is recuperating because he has a pay-as-you-play, two-year contract with Manchester United.