As usual, in the event of a Michael Owen injury, we`ve packed him off to Germany for a second opinion from one of the many reknowned surgeons over there. Speaking to the press, Big Sam opted for a positive prognosis, believing the player could be back in action before Christmas. He said:
"We feel we have speeded up the process and it's going to be a little quicker than we first thought so that's really good news. We will only bring him back when he is 100 per cent and will not rush him. But we think it's going to be a lot less than six weeks.'