The Manchester United forward is currently out of action with a thigh problem sustained in the Champions League back in November.
The early prognosis was six weeks but it has now been well over two months as the doubts continue whether we will ever see the striker back in a red shirt.
His past injuries would make better reading in a 7,000-word feature but it is fair to say there have been plenty of low points over the last 10 years that have stopped the ex-England international from delivering his true potential.
When fit, Owen was probably the best forward of his generation earning him many admirers from at home and abroad.
Real Madrid paid eight million pounds for his services from Liverpool but the sunny weather did not stop the constant visits to the physio room.
Newcastle then wrote a cheque for 16 million just a year later to bring the forward back to England but operations on hamstrings, ankle bones, metatarsals, groins and a hernia followed before a shock switch to Manchester United.
Although he's had his moments, Sir Alex will struggle to give Owen playing time even if he does make another comeback especially with the emergence of Danny Welbeck.