Newcastle Letter To FA on Owen – Good Sense

What the Independent has revealed today is that Newcastle United have sent a letter to the FA stating they are concerned about Michael Owen’s fitness level.

While it doesn’t say that Michael cannot play in both upcoming England games, it lets the FA know of Newcastle’s concerns.

That’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 isn’t. Just think of Newcastle’s position if Michael gets injured again playing for England (touch wood it doesn’t happen) and is out for say 6 months – 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 club’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.

Comments very welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Bill F

    Oct 11, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1


  • George

    Oct 11, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Before the gutter press make a mountain here, it is worth remembering a little known law here and it is a law from FIFA and UEFA.
    All players who are selected for their respective countries squads must turn up, injured or not, unless with agreement with the FA of that country. If a player does not turn up either for club or personal reasons, he can be fined.
    If a player does not want to play for his country he has to inform the FA (if selected). Note those who have retired have had to announce it formerly.
    Now if Steve McLaren was any sort of person he would not have selected Owen for the squad, but with the pressure he is under he has to pick the best regardless. He will probably drop Barry for Lampard now, but if i were Barry especially after my performances i would tell McLaren to stick it.
    But what i can not understand is, football clubs own these players during their contract and yet an outside body says F### You, he is playing for his country wether you like it or not. How on earth can this be right. Surely playing for your country is a proud thing to do. You should play if selected if you want, not if A N Other tells you.
    And another thing, it is not international football that keeps this game going, it is our domestic leagues, so why have England games got preference over all else.
    Right ive got that off my chest, have a nice day.
    P.S. were is the beauty today Ed.

  • SingKing

    Oct 11, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    While I can understand Little Mikey wanting to play as much football as he can it seems to me he is being incredibly naive in how he goes about it. And as we have seen McLaren will play Mike til he drops in a desperate bid to save his own job. I have that sinking feeling he is going to come back from Russia crocked for another 3 to 6 months “I will be back before end of season” says brave Owen … again.

  • leo

    Oct 11, 2007 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #4

    i have confidence that he wont get injured in these england game… maybe just intuition but i really hope i am right

    if he is out for say 6months again, what amount of compensation could we claim? just medial bills and wages or could we claim more, get another useful striker in like martins was…??? any more news on the le havre lad?

  • Lull

    Oct 11, 2007 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #5

    *yawn* just get back here unharm Mikey, thats all we ask.


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