Date: 17th July 2006 at 12:59pm
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he underwent the surgery he hoped would put him on the road to recovery, only to wake up and find the job is only half done.

The surgeon only repaired the cartilage rather than the damage to the cruciate ligament damage itself.

Owen: ‘I’m just hoping the next (operation) can be successful. I have to make sure the knee is in a fit state and the swelling is down. That way I can give myself the best possible chance of having the cruciate operation.

‘The plan is to go back out there in six or seven weeks – hopefully, that will be the last I see of America. Maybe then there will be light at the end of the tunnel and I can head for a comeback.’