19 March 2011

Match 30: Owen Hargreaves to make a surprise appearance against Bolton?

Manchester United vs Bolton Wanderers 
3.00 PM GMT KO
Old Trafford

I was chatting to a friend a month ago and discussing the chances of Michael Owen featuring in the upcoming fixtures. He jokingly said "Hargreaves has better chances!" Well it seems likes the funny comment may turn into reality tomorrow as Sir Alex is preparing to gamble the precious England and United midfielder to play as a right back in tomorrow's game. According to The Sun, Hargo played as a right back in the final training sessions at Carrington.

Wishing Hargo all the best!
Owen Hargreaves, who recently returned from a rehab programme in Germany, has only played about 6 minutes of club football in 2 and a half years after he was crocked with a horrible hamstring injury while playing against Chelsea.

Hargreaves has started only 25 games for United since an £18million move from Bayern Munich in July 2007.

The last game he featured in was the home victory against Wolves in which he only lasted 5 minutes. Hargreaves was then seen walking through the dugout holding his hamstring as if a serious trouble is upon him. I really admire athletes like Owen Hargreaves - he's a true never-give-up character and will keep fighting till he starts playing again which I'm pretty sure he will. Before the Wolves game, Owen has been spending time with a world-famous Orthopedic surgeon - Dr. Richard Steadman in the United States.

Hargreaves has been training with the first team this entire week. On Monday, we saw him working separately with Park Ji Sung who is also suffering from a calf injury setback. However, it is reported that later in the week he started working with the rest of the squad and looks fit to feature against Bolton Wanderers.

The Guardian (link) has named Owen Hargreaves, Michael Owen and Taigo Bebe on the bench. Hopefully both the Owens will feature. Also there are high chances of Bebe being given another chance after one more impressive Reserves game! 

In days like these, when United squad is plagued by injuries, especially in the defence, Sir Alex Ferguson would fancy picking Owen Hargreaves. The Calgary born defensive midfielder can then help to rescue the sinking United defense and make sure the treble is ON! Sounds kind of ironic, but will Sir Alex risk playing a partially injured Owen to decrease our defensive worries? Well time will tell and hopefully Hargo serves more than 5 minutes this time!

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