The stricken star flew by helicopter to the privately-owned Capio Yorkshire Clinic where groin and hernia specialist Ernest Schilders' diagnosis that he would need surgery means he will miss next month's vital Euro 2008 qualifying matches against Russia and Estonia.
Mr Schilders said he could not comment on his assessment of the multi-millionaire Newcastle United player's injury due to patient confidentiality. But it is understood that Mr Owen, 27, who hobbled out of Newcastle's 3-1 defeat of West Ham last weekend, will now travel to Munich for an operation by renowned German hernia surgeon Dr Ulrike Muschaweck and will be out of action for at least three weeks.
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker, who is England's fourth highest goalscorer and eighth most capped player, is not the only football star to have passed through the clinic's doors. Consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Steve Bollen, above, has treated a long list of players there including Manchester United legends Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs. And other top players, including England and Manchester United player Wes Brown and former Arsenal and Ireland striker Niall Quinn, have Mr Bollen to thank for saving their careers.
Mr Brown has had both his knees reconstructed by Mr Bollen, and Mr Quinn was on the brink of early retirement before the surgeon worked his magic and prolonged his career with his last club Sunderland of which he is now chairman.
Former Liverpool winger Boudewijn Zendein, former England defender Gareth Southgate and Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung have also been treated at the clinic.
Mr. Bollen stressed that he is not a miracle worker, but he has reached the point now where, when he sees a game of football on TV, he usually sees at least one player whom he has treated. Now the surgeon, who is one of only six in the country at his professional level, has an office full of photos from athletes, including Bradford Bulls' players, who have thanked him for his surgical skills.
Boudewijn Zenden wrote: "Thanks for getting me back on the pitch".
Wolves goalkeeper, Matt Murray, is also a fan after undergoing surgery in Bingley last month. He hopes to be back on his feet in six months.
Mr. Bollen can treat up to ten football and rugby players a week at the clinic but he also feels strongly about continuing to treat NHS patients at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
As the presdent of the British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma Association, Mr. Bollen is proud to put Bingley on the map.
He said: "The association gets a bit hacked off with the notion that professional sportsmen can only get decent treatment in the United States. We have just as good quality here in the UK."