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Owen Feels 'Guilty,' Roeder Likens Loss to Rooney

The media's coverage of the hapless Michael Owen continues, as the striker says he feels he's let his club down, after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against Sweden on Wednesday. Owen told reporters that he feels guilty for Newcastle more than self-pity for an injury that will likely see him out of action until 2007. "I feel really guilty when I think of the people at Newcastle United," the 26-year old striker said. It's hard to say who is more out of luck here: Newcastle United paid Real Madrid 17 million pounds ($30 million) for Owen's services just after the start of the Premiership season last year. After a niggling injury kept him out of nearly 10 matches in the fall, Owen broke his foot right before the New Year. He missed the rest of the regular season before reporting to training camp with the national team. This latest injury will likely keep him out of action until next year. The English Football Association has to compensate clubs for injuries sustained during international duty. Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder has already called the FA's proposed compensation for the Owen injury "far too low." The Magpies reportedly pay the striker 103,000 pounds ($185,000) per week. Said Roeder: "Now people will understand why Sir Alex Ferguson has been jumping up and down at Old Trafford about the Wayne Rooney situation."

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