Owen Hargreaves joined Manchester United from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2007 for a transfer fee of around £17 million. However, most of his Man Utd career has been hampered with injuries. A recurring patellar tendinitis has restricted the number of matches in which Owen Hargreaves could feature. He visited a renowned knee surgeon, Richard Steadman, in November 2008 and was operated in the same month. He underwent surgery again in January 2009. He has rarely played for Manchester United since then and on the 24th September 2010, Sir Alex announced that Owen Hargreaves had returned to training.
Now, newspapers are reporting that his return to first team action has been pencilled for the Carling Cup clash with Wolves on the 26th October. Sir Alex is said to have been impressed with his training, and sees the match as the right one to ease him back into the first team. The last time United tried playing Hargreaves was in the last game of the 2009/10 season against Sunderland, where he played for just 3 minutes before suffering another injury setback.
Another report states that this may be Hargreaves’ last chance to make a comeback to football. If reports are to be believed, should this bid to start playing again and recover fully fail, Owen Hargreaves would retire from football. The report quotes an unnamed source saying, “Owen has done everything to come back but the pain and effort has been huge. He has decided to give it one last big push but if this doesn’t work that will probably be it. The pain in his knees has not just affected his football, but normal life.”