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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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By ESPN Staff

Toon to get compo after latest Owen injury

Newcastle will receive compensation for Michael Owen's latest injury woe - but the cash will not come out of Football Association coffers. Owen has been ruled out for around four weeks with a thigh strain picked up during England's friendly win over Austria on Friday. Under the FA's comprehensive insurance policies, Newcastle can be reimbursed by up to £100,000 a week during Owen's absence. However, Soho Square officials have stressed the decision on what payments are eventually made is solely down to their insurers, who will foot the bill rather than the FA, in exactly the same way as any liability in a road accident would be paid for by the driver's insurance company rather than the driver himself. 'The FA takes out policies to cover for injuries sustained on international duty,' said an FA spokesman. 'This figure can be up to £100,000 a week but it is not the FA who pay this money out, it is our insurers, if they deem it is fit to do so.' Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd got involved in a massive row with the FA over the compensation for the cruciate knee ligament injury Owen sustained at last year's World Cup. However, most Premier League clubs recognise the FA are among the best organisations at arranging cover for players, with some countries offering nothing, much to the annoyance of England's leading clubs.