Can it possibly be true? Granted, it’s only been reported in the dubious News of The World but Owen Hargreaves is finally going to make a comeback for Manchester United. The former England international is pencilled in to turn out against the Wolves in the Carling Cup in less than a month but it still remains difficult to believe after so many false hopes were raised in the past. An EXCLUSIVE byAidan Magee on Sunday revealed the unexpected news but BEWARE, nothing was quoted by anyone and for all we know it may be no more than a personal opinion of his.
Magee writes that “Owen Hargreaves is set to make his long awaited first team return against Wolves in the Carling Cup on October 26. The Manchester United midfielder has only played THREE minutes of football in TWO years since a recurrence of a knee injury at Chelsea. Former England ace Hargreaves, 29, has been eased back into training in recent weeks and impressed Sir Alex Ferguson with his performance.
He has made significant progress in the last week since returning from the United States, where he has been receiving constant treatment for the career threatening tendinitis which has plagued both his knees in the last two seasons. He has undergone intensive treatment alongside Gary Neville and a team of physios in the last seven days and is now working on his strength and conditioning. The United boss has earmarked a low risk fixture in which to introduce Hargreaves back to first team football as he aims to build up match fitness.
Wolves are expected to name an under strength side for the visit to Old Trafford which will give the midfielder a chance to ease his way back into the game. Hargreaves was signed from Bayern Munich for £17million in the summer of 2007 but has since played just 26 games for United.
He played three minutes of the win at Sunderland in March after coming on as a late substitute but returned to Colorado for treatment during the close season. It was even thought that his wretched run of luck with injuries would force him to announce his retirement from the game in the near future.” Magee concludes.
Nothing will please me more than to see Hargreaves make a successful comeback in a Manchester United shirt but I hope you understand my skepticism when I say that I’ll only believe it when I see it.
Can Hargreaves make a successful comeback to top class football?