It looks to us that Sam Allardyce is a little disappointed that Mark Viduka has been out injured for so long with his calf problem.
When the injury occurred during the Manchester City game the staff thought it was only minor, but it has kept Mark out ever since.
Rather than rush Mark back like some managers in the past (Graeme Souness quickly comes to mind), Sam is being more sensible, and wants Mark fit, so he doesnâ€™t get injured again by coming back too quickly.
Mark Viduka – Sam Allardyce determined to have him fit for the rest of the season
The 31-year-old striker has missed Newcastleâ€™s last three games with a calf strain having scored 3 goals from his 6 starts for Newcastle before his injury. We are hoping Viduka will be fit for this weekend’s vital clash with Portsmouth, but Big Sam will be taking no risks with the player.
Sam told Newcastle World TV.
â€œI think Mark will be fit by Saturday but whether we include him in the squad depends on how he gets through some training sessions with the players,”
“It’s happened before where we’ve got him fit and then he’s returned to the team only to find something else has troubled him or the same injury has recurred.â€
“We want to get him fit so he can be selected week-in-week-out.â€
“So because of that we may take a little longer to make sure that when he does come back he will come back to stay.”
Good thinking from the Newcastle manager. One of Markâ€™s problems, as we pointed out yesterday, was that he is very injury prone and is only available for about half of the seasonâ€™s games.
A fit Mark Viduka, playing every game for Newcastle this season, will be a huge asset for the club. And Mark can help us finish in the top 6, which has to be our target for the season. If we can achieve that, the team will have done really really well in their first campaign under new manager Sam Allardyce. Then we can push on in the summer by further strengthening the squad. That sounds good to us.
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