Sunday, September 17, 2006

Hargreaves confirms broken leg...

What is it with players who get linked to United, and then suffer terrible injury problems. Ruud Van Niselrooy was on the brink of a big move to United a few seasons back, only for the Dutchman to suffer knee ligament problems.

Now it's the turn of Owen Hargreaves, the England midfield star has confirmed he's broken the fibula in his left leg. The 25-year-old came off after 24 minutes of Bayern Munich's 2-1 league defeat by Arminia Bielefeld after colliding with opponent Thorben Marx.

When Van Niselrooy broke down, Fergie called Ruud to give encouragement and to confirm that United would still complete the transfer, once he regained his fitness. That cannot happen this time, because Bayern have rebuffed United's interest thus far. No deal has been agreed.

However, if history is anything to go by, Fergie will not easily give up his interest in Hargreaves. Ferguson, tried and failed to sign 'Larry White' (Lauren Blanc) umpteen times before the big Frenchman put pen to paper. Many reds will be hoping, that Hargreaves signs long before he's ready to collect his pension this time around.

In a bizarre way it might even open the door for a January move, as it's likely Hargreaves will be out for fairly lengthy spell. During that time, Bayern will be left to reflect on their bad luck concerning a home-grown player that they could have profited on handsomely only a few weeks ago. Bayern might also discover that they can play without Hargreaves during this spell. Ok, the last bit is clutching at straws. We live in hope, as ever...

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