Saturday, 10 November 2012

Michael Owen Told: Stop Fearing Injuries And Score Goals

Michael Owen has been ordered to stop worrying about his latest injury and start concentrating on earning Stoke points.

Potters boss Tony Pulis admits he would have used the former England striker when searching for a goal as he side slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Norwich last week.

But when he checked out his bench for a proven hitman, Owen was nowhere to be seen.

The forward failed to make the squad for the game because of a hamstring problem, leaving Pulis to meddle through unsuccessfully.

Now the Stoke chief believes the 32-year-old has to get over his concerns to truly make progress after a stuttering start to his Stoke career.

He said: “Michael is so nervous about it being a long term injury, he’s on tenterhooks a bit.

“I’d have brought him on for the last 20 minutes against Norwich, I’ll tell you that now. We were really in the ascendency.

"With the possession we had at Norwich and the amount of balls we were getting into the box, we needed someone around Crouchy who can get on the end of stuff.

“I don’t think Michael would say it’s psychological - but he’s protective.

“But we need a win, of course we do.”

Pulis revealed Owen is working with Stoke’s medical staff on his posture as a possible cure to his woes, which have restricted him to just 54 minutes of action this season.

He added: “It’s more to do with his posture than anything else - they work very hard on that. That affects the hamstring.

“It’s all about the alignment of his back and his spine, making sure everything’s in place.

“We believe there are a lot of problems that you get in muscular injuries and the source is your spine not being in line.

“But we knew this might be a stop-start campaign for him, especially at the beginning. He’s been given different things that we want him to do.”

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