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England Striker Owen Injures Knee

June 20, 2006

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) _ England striker Michael Owen was injured two minutes into the World Cup match against Sweden on Tuesday and taken off on a stretcher.

Owen’s right knee buckled beneath him just after he had played the ball. He lay on the sideline clutching his leg while play continued. He was treated by doctors and then strapped to a stretcher and taken off the field.

``It does not look good,″ coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said, acknowledging that Owen might miss the rest of the tournament. ``Maybe. We don’t know yet.″

He was replaced by Peter Crouch in the fourth minute, tying the fastest replacement in a World Cup match.

Owen returned last month from a broken foot sustained on Dec. 31. He had been replaced before the hour mark in England’s opening two World Cup games.

England has already qualified for the second round and tied Sweden 2-2 to advance as Group B winner.

The substitution tied Italy’s Alessandro Nesta coming out in the fourth minute against Austria in 1998, and England’s Bryan Robson came out in the fourth against Morocco in 1986.

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