Manchester United has one of the best medical set up in the game but Owen Hargreaves believe they were responsible for his lack of appearances for the club. England international Hargreaves joined the club from Bayern Munich on a four years deal in which he played just six minutes in the final 33 months estimated at £15m or £384,615 for each of his 39 appearances.
Clearly the financial impact alone would have been evident where Premier League players get the very best of treatment.
Roy Keane, arguably the most influential player of the Sir Alex Ferguson reign, was nursed for more than a season without any sure-fire guarantees of recovery. Paul Scholes was allowed plenty of time to battle through injuries and draw out the best years of his carear. At 37, Ryan Giggs is maybe England's ultimate example of a great player being nursed over a long course by his mentor.
All of football hope he makes a return to his best and even England boss Capello faith in the midfielder may yet draw the reward from Hargreaves' return to the game this week with a spectacular goal against Birmingham City in a Carling Cup tie.
Is it not a time to focus on what is rather than what may be?