World Football: Owen Hargreaves and the 10 Most Injury-Prone Players
In football today, it always seems that players find a way to get injured and stay out for several weeks or months longer than initially expected.
Even with advances in technology and training, players have found themselves to become extremely injury-prone and in some cases, they manage to become extremely injury-prone.
Unfortunately, this happened to Owen Hargreaves.
One of the most important players for Manchester United in their double-winning side in 2008 and for England in the 2006 World Cup, Hargreaves has battled tendinitis for the last several years and is now looking to hatch onto another club.
However, Hargreaves is by no means the only player in the world to suffer from recurring injuries.
Due to the recent injury problems that Owen Hargreaves has suffered from, here are the 10 most injury-prone footballers in world football today.
Now starring for Sunderland, Wes Brown had the potential to be one of the top defenders for Manchester United during the regime of Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, Brown continued to suffer from injuries, which has prevented Brown from not only becoming a full-time starter for Man United, but also for the English national team.
Now at Sunderland, Brown will look to get another chance to start, but injuries can absolutely hurt his impact with his new club.
Once a player that appeared to have unlimited potential, Louis Saha's career has been decimated with injuries.
Saha's injuries severely limited his time with Manchester United, and they continue to hurt the play of the former French international now that he is with Everton.
Known for his hairstyles along with his footballing ability, Dijibril Cisse has had a career that has been tainted with injuries.
Cisse's injuries have cost him a spot in the 2006 World Cup and definitely have hurt a career that was filled with promise.
Cisse has gotten back on track in the last two seasons with Panathinaikos and earned a spot on the French team in the 2010 World Cup.
A solid defender for Spurs, Ledley King's career has been filled with injuries.
Amazingly, King's injuries have not prevented him from playing at a high level with very little fitness, but his injuries—especially to his knees—have been a huge reason why he never has been able to be as great as his potential suggests.
A very highly rated player with Borussia Dortmund, Tomas Rosicky was famously plagued with a hamstring injury that took him out of Arsenal's lineup for 18 months.
Today Rosicky is starring for the Gunners again and looks like he has overcome his injury.
Robin Van Persie
He may be one of the most talented Dutch footballers in the game today, but Robin van Persie's career has continued to be decimated with numerous injuries.
With numerous injuries to his legs, van Persie has missed lots of time during his stay with Arsenal.
These injuries have also harmed Arsenal's chances at winning the Premier League and other trophies during his time with the Gunners.
Always a popular link with Barcelona, Cesc Fabregas' injuries have been a major reason why Arsenal have failed to claim any trophies over the last several years.
The most famous instance of injuries to Fabregas came in the 2010 Champions League quarterfinal, where after suffering a season-ending injury to his leg, Fabregas scored the tying penalty against Barcelona.
One of the top midfielders in the world, Arjen Robben's career has been filled with injuries.
Robben, of course, is remembered for being injured in the 2010 World Cup but was still able to get the Netherlands into the final, where he nearly scored the winning goal at the end of regular time.
He may be the most overpriced player on the planet, but Fernando Torres has been impacted tremendously by the injury bug over the last several years.
Torres probably played injured in the 2010 World Cup, where his play hurt Spain's attack, and he also suffered multiple injuries in his final seasons at Liverpool before his record move to Chelsea.
One of the most talented strikers for England in recent memory, Michael Owen never was able to reach his full potential due to a huge list of injuries.
From getting his ACL torn in the 2006 World Cup to getting numerous injuries in training and with Newcastle, no one knows exactly what Owen would have been able to accomplish.
Owen finally won his first Premier League last season with Manchester United despite having multiple injury problems throughout the season.
During his career, Owen Hargreaves has been a player that has shown a tremendous amount of potential.
However, injuries (especially the tendonitis to his knees) have prevented the Canadian-born player from achieving any significant amount of playing time for Manchester United over the last three seasons.
Now, Hargreaves will look to resurrect his career with another club, but it will remain to be seen if he can perform at the level that we saw from him before the tendonitis struck.