Owen Hargreaves was purchased on a free transfer by Roberto Mancini before the close of the summer transfer window last year. This was a small risk, big reward kind of deal, as the former English international came cheap due to his constant nagging injuries.
Hargreaves was bought as insurance in the central midfield position. However, unfortunately for Owen, the injury bug struck again. Just to give you an idea of how unlucky this former star had been, from 2007-2011 with Manchester United, Hargreaves found only 27 league starts. He found himself entering only one league competition with City last year.
After being released by the club in May of this year and after considering retirement, Hargreaves has been offered another chance. This time by former City boss Mark Hughes.
"Owen is training with the group. There is no obligation for either party. He is keen to retain his fitness and we are more than happy to help him by allowing him to train with us and use our facility at Harlington." - Mark Hughes
Hargreaves is a player you can certainly empathize with, he was a great young English (although born in Canada) talent, but injuries have ruined his career. While he is now 31, here's to hoping that Hargreaves can catch on with QPR and have a few injury-free years to finish out his career.