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Owen Hargreaves did not travel to South Africa with the rest of the squad as he is again suffering from the tendinitis problem that plagued the start of his Reds career.
Hargreaves was sporadically involved at the start of the 2007/08 campaign, and the knee complaint flared up again when the 27-year-old reported back for pre-season training.

“Owen has a tendonitis problem in his knee again – the same as he had at beginning of last season,†said Sir Alex. "He's had a series of injections on it with the specialist and he's training at the moment, it's just the matches he's not involved in just yet.

“Some people are more susceptible [to this kind of injury]. Norman Whiteside used to have trouble with his knees in pre-season. Owen has started training again after a few weeks off, the ground is firm at the moment and that maybe brought it on.â€

It's frustrating for Owen and United, but Sir Alex doesn't expect the problem to last into the start of the season. “We're trying to correct it with injections," he added. "We did it last November and it worked, so hopefully it will again. By the time we return from South Africa he should be okay. I'm sure he'll be fit for the start of the season.â€


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What is it about quality players coming in and getting injured for long spells?

Saha, Heinze, and now Hargreaves?

Hopefully it clears up soon.

But I hope he doesn't end up being as unlucky as Saha with his injuries.

It must be a real blow to him as well. Last summer he had the same injury, it cleared up, he was in fantastic form at the end of the season then it crops up again?

I feel sorry for him, and lets hope its not serious.
 

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Same old tendinitus. No point risking him in pre season games.
Rest is the best thing for him now. He is a tough cookie and will be
good for the new season. Even if he misses the odd game here and there
because of the problem, its no big deal, as we have plenty of midfield cover
to step in anyway.
 

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Fergie said he should be OK for the first game1 after the african tour.

I'm more concerned about Saha if I'm honest.
 

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I hate to say it but i think he will keep sahas sick bed warm when he has left , some players never shake this off
 

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harg had this problem last year , and I have my own condition with my knee also. Usually with proper conditioning and nutrition things can stay pretty consistent.The medical staff for UNITED must be very aware of things and at hargs age he still has a few more years left in him,usually.
 

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Can Hargreaves have an operation? Would that fix his knee permanently? I don't know much about Tendonitis.
I believe he had an opeation at the end of the season that they thought would fix it. Looks like it isn't a big deal, this is something that can be worked with, just needs to be monitored a little closer, and given time off to rest it. Just have to make sure it doesn't get overworked. No reason to compare it to Saha, one sick apple, doesn't contaminate the whole lot. :rolleyes:
 

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i hope not but i think this might just be the injury that hargreaves gets all his career he seems to never get rid of it, still a world class player when hes fit and should player every week
 

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Don't think it'll affect us that much.

He won't miss too many games I don't think, unless he gets a different injury.

But it still is frustrating for him.

Also, for anyone who isn't sure what tendonitis actually is (and that is me as well ;)) I Googled it and here it is for you (including a link about different types of tendonitis :p)

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Tendonitis
General information about tendonitis

A tendon is a tough yet flexible band of fibrous tissue. The tendon is the structure in your body that connects your muscles to the bones. The skeletal muscles in your body are responsible for moving your bones, thus enabling you to walk, jump, lift, and move in many ways. When a muscle contracts it pulls on a bone to cause movements. The structure that transmits the force of the muscle contraction to the bone is called a tendon.

Tendons come in many shapes and sizes. Some are very small, like the ones that cause movements of your fingers, and some are much larger, such as your Achilles tendon in your heel. When functioning normally, these tendons glide easily and smoothly as the muscle contracts.


What is tendonitis?

Sometimes the tendons become inflamed for a variety of reasons, and the action of pulling the muscle becomes irritating. If the normal smooth gliding motion of your tendon is impaired, the tendon will become inflamed and movement will become painful. This is called tendonitis, and literally means inflammation of the tendon.


What causes tendonitis?

The most common cause of tendonitis is overuse. Commonly, individuals begin an exercise program, or increase their level of exercise, and begin to experience symptoms of tendonitis. The tendon is unaccustomed to the new level of demand, and this overuse will cause an inflammation and tendonitis.

Another common cause of symptoms of tendonitis is due to age-related changes of the tendon. As people age, the tendons loose their elasticity and ability to glide as smoothly as they used to. With increasing age, individuals are more prone to developing symptoms of tendonitis. The cause of these age-related changes is not entirely understood, but may be due to changes in the blood vessels that supply nutrition to the tendons.

Sometimes, there is an anatomical cause for tendonitis. If the tendon does not have a smooth path to glide along, it will be more likely to become irritated and inflamed. In these unusual situations, surgical treatment may be necessary to realign the tendon.

Read on for more information about different types of tendonitis...
 
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