Cruciate ligament damage = Michael Owen's World Cup is over

Ouch, that's gotta hurt. As soon as we saw the replay of Michael Owen's knee popping, it was clear his Germany 06 was over. Some sections of the media, including The Guardian, thinks Owen's loss is a blessing in disguise. Not sure how losing our one world-class finisher counts as a blessing?

UPDATE: An initial scan on Owen's knee has revealed that he suffered cruciate ligament damage and will be out of action for around five months. He'll fly home from Germany today.