What the Independent has revealed today is that Newcastle United have sent a letter to the FA stating they are concerned about Michael Owenâ€™s fitness level.
While it doesnâ€™t say that Michael cannot play in both upcoming England games, it lets the FA know of Newcastleâ€™s concerns.
Thatâ€™s a wise thing for Newcastle to do, given Michael’s recent history with England and Michael.
Michael Owen – Newcastle send letter to FA indicating concerns on Owen’s fitness
Michael Owen may not be aware of the correspondence but although the press are making this into a big thing it really isnâ€™t. Just think of Newcastleâ€™s position if Michael gets injured again playing for England (touch wood it doesn’t happen) and is out for say 6 months â€“ then what?
It’s an eventuality the club has to take into account because Owen is a match-winner and right back to his very best form. Of course it is now looking like Owen is fit, and his surgeon Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck is very positive about Michael’s fitness – and so is Michael. The 95% probability is that Owen will come through both games fit, and probably score some goals too, and then he will be anxious to help Newcastle win their next game against Tottenham.
So it is a business-like communication, before the England games by Newcastle, to let the FA know of the clubâ€™s concerns. If something happens to Michael then the FA knew before the England games that Newcastle had a concern and therefore any compensation requested by Newcastle will be on solid ground.
That’s all it is, and don’t let the media blow this out of proportion and try to put a wedge between Michael Owen and Newcastle, as they seem to be attempting every day now.
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