Owen's absence also gives the England striker more time to recuperate from a minor tear in his groin, but a tear none the less. Owen, who sustained the damage after a training session prior to the visit to Chelsea 10 days ago, is also a doubt for Saturday's home game with Aston Villa. The standard recovery period for such an injury is three to six weeks, though Souness said Newcastle never considered surgery.
Though we've covered this ad nauseum, The Guardian and other sources are finally giving us the details:
posted by Jeremy Spitzberg on Wednesday, November 30, 2005