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Owen injury ends his WC dream

Michael Owen will be out injured until the end of the season after learning he needs surgery to repair the hamstring injury that forced him out of last weekend’s League Cup final.

other Updated: Mar 06, 2010 01:03 IST

Michael Owen will be out injured until the end of the season after learning he needs surgery to repair the hamstring injury that forced him out of last weekend’s League Cup final. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson revealed Friday that the striker's injury had been more serious than initially thought, ending any hope Owen had of making England's squad for the World Cup.

Owen limped out of Sunday's 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Wembley just before half-time and will have an operation on Monday. “It is a terrible blow for the lad,” Ferguson said. “It is more serious than we thought.” Owen's career has been blighted by hamstring problems with the recurring injuries depriving him of the blistering pace that enabled him, at 18, to score one of the all-time great World Cup goals, for England against Argentina at France ‘98.