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Contrary to press reports last weekend, a decision has not been made on the best treatment for Owen Hargreaves’ ongoing tendonitis problem.

Some UK papers claimed Hargreaves was set to go under the knife in an effort to ease the knee trouble he’s experienced since arriving at United in July 2007. The on-again, off-again nature of the problem has restricted the midfielder to just three appearances this season.

Earlier this week, a club spokesperson told ManUtd.com Hargreaves would return to a specialist; on Tuesday evening, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed a decision on the best way forward is unlikely to be made before next week.

“We’re managing it at the moment,” he said. “We should have some news next week on our exact position.”

Meanwhile, an ankle injury means Wes Brown didn’t travel to Glasgow for Wednesday night’s match against Celtic. The boss said Brown could be out of action for “a couple of weeks”.

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http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=6621894
 

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Hope Owen's problems are cured once and for all which ever form of treatment the doctors chose.

Best wishes Hargo.
 

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This is so frustrating, he's top quality, hopefully he'll be back and firing on all cylinders in time for the business end of the season!
 

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He's a great player, an excellent combination of strength and speed aswell as an incredible work rate. Which makes it even more frustrating!!

Apparently his tendonitis is supposed to go away with time, but he's not exactly young. Luckily we have unbeleivable strength in his position. Puts less pressure on his return I suppose.
 

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We might be better off getting him the operation. Sure, we would miss him for a while. But it doesn't seem to be going away, and whatever we try does work.

It may well be better off trying it and missing him for this season, than moving in another direction, that failing and missing him for a longer amount of time.
 

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From manutd.com...

Owen Hargreaves is currently in America meeting with renowned knee surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman in a bid to find a cure for the tendonitis problem which has dogged his United career. The 27-year-old has already visited specialists in London and Sweden, but is yet to find a solution.

“Owen is now in Colorado to see Dr Steadman, who is a very well-regarded doctor with these particular types of injuries," said Sir Alex.

"What we are tyring to do now is to get to the route of it. He’s been frustrated and patient, but we’ve never really got to the bottom of it. We really need to speed that up now, which is why we’re sending him tothe best people available to try and get a general opinion of where to go from here. We’ve not had any information back so far.

“Dr Steadman is associated with skiing injuries. There are so many cases of knee injuries in that sport and he’s acquired a great knowledge of knee injuries. But this particular injury is not associated [with cases he normally deals with]. But the boy has been carrying it for too long to keep hoping that injections are going to do the trick."

As yet, it is unclear whether Hargreaves will require surgery to rectify the problem. “We don’t know if he will undergo surgery," added the boss. "There wasn’t a definite answer from the specialists in London and Sweden. We will collate all the information and try and see what the best way forward is.

“He’s in pain when he runs. Tendonitis is a problem when he gets involved in football related training, that’s when it resurfaces. He came back last season and played in a number of very important games. But now he’s out again. It’s difficult and frustrating for the lad and we want to help him."


Let's hope that he gets whatever treatment he needs to fix the problem for good. Even if it does require surgery if it prolongs his career then it has to be done.
 

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From manutd.com...

Owen Hargreaves is currently in America meeting with renowned knee surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman in a bid to find a cure for the tendonitis problem which has dogged his United career.
Well thats certainly great news imho.

As the article states, he is one of the, if not THE, best surgeon around so that puts me at ease. If he needs an operation it will be a blow as hes a top-quality player but if its going to be better in the long-term then how can we complain?
 

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In all honesty, I'm starting to lose my patience with this guy. I know he can't be blamed entirely, but Saha was constantly blamed for his injury-prone ways, so there you go...

Everyone got excited when we signed him, thinking he was going to be the missing piece of the puzzle so to speak, and I was even guilty of over-hyping him, but honestly, what have we seen of him to suggest he's that good? He's played well for England at right-back, he can take a free-kick, and had a couple of good seasons in the Bundesliga. No disrespect, but the Premiership is a bit more 'competitive' shall we say?

Even if he hasn't had the games, even when he has I've been disappointed to be honest. For me he's the fourth choice in terms of centre midfielders. Carrick is far better as a defensive choice in my opinion. Not only can he stay fit, but he's proven in the Premiership (I don't need to go into details about Carrick's qualities, they're evident) something that Hargreaves hasn't done yet. Scholes, well, 'nough said. Even Anderson has shown something since joining here around a year ago. We invested a lot of time, effort and money into bringing Hargreaves to Old Trafford, and we haven't seen the rewards yet.

Shevchenko anyone? Came to England, complained of an injury, and never delivered..

But honestly, I hope this trip to this surgeon helps him, he recovers from this injury and proves me wrong. I'm not trying to suggest he's a bad player, just that we paid over the odds and have put a lot of effort into him for little to nothing in return. I think this is his deciding season with regards to his Old Trafford future.
 
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