Owen limped out of the clash with a thigh injury and McClaren knows his top scorer will not be fit for the potentially pivotal qualifier with Croatia on Wednesday, when victory will be essential should Israel resist Russia in Tel Aviv on Saturday.
"Injuries are part of football," he reflected. "We have certainly had our fair share and not to have your best players available is not how you would choose to go into what I still believe will be the crunch game. But I am not making excuses."
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