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Manchester United's Owen ruled out for season

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed today that Michael Owen is out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.

It means that Owen’s dream of representing England at the World Cup in South Africa this summer is over.

Owen suffered his latest injury just minutes after scoring in United’s Carling Cup final victory over Aston Villa last Sunday.

Ferguson suggested that the Wembley pitch played a part in the injury.

“It's a bad blow — he's out for the season. Unfortunately it's more serious than we thought. He will be operated on on Monday morning,” said Ferguson.

“It's a terrible blow for the lad and is disappointing news for us too. He has not 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.”

Former Liverpool star Owen stated that already he is looking forward to the start of next season.

He said: “Unfortunately the specialist says I will miss the end of the season. I have loved every minute of my first campaign with United and have already enjoyed some memorable moments. I am determined to come back at the start of next season in peak condition.”

One wonders, though, if he has played his last game for the Red Devils. In total this season he has played 31 games, with 20 of those as substitute, scoring nine goals, including a late winner in an epic 4-3 league victory over Manchester City at Old Trafford.

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