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Viduka Very Doubtful for Saturday

11:38 am, Thursday, November 1st, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Bad news this morning for Newcastle fans, hoping for the return of Australian Mark Viduka, for the vital home game against high-flying Portsmouth on Saturday.

Mark has still not returned to full training and Sam has already said he will not play him until he gets some training under his belt.

The 32-year-old big man has missed Newcastle’s last three games since suffering a slight calf problem in the defeat at Manchester City on 29th September, over 4 weeks ago.

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Mark Viduka - cannot shake off his niggling calf injury

Mark has been doing both gym work with some light training as he tries to get over, what is a niggling injury. However, manager Sam Allardyce is unwilling to take any risks with the Australian international and his chances of playing on Saturday do not look good.

If Mark is not fit we’d like to see Alan Smith played up front. Certainly when he initially partnered Martins in the home game against Everton, Alan looked the part. Shola Ameobi is another option and we think time is running out for Shola at the club, so he needs to make an impact soon. His most likely start will be on the bench but it’s unlikely that Sam will start Owen and Martins up front together on Saturday.

We’d also like to see Milner and N’Zogbia start on both wings in a 4-4-2 formation. They bring good attacking options to the team.

Then of course what the back four will be is anyone’s guess at the moment with both Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal both very keen to reclaim their positions at the back. We think David will start and maybe Steven will make the bench.

Turns out all of Newcastle’s players were made to watch the 2-1 defeat at Reading on TV yesterday. That must have been painful to watch, and news is that Big Sam pointed out exactly where his under-performing side went wrong in both defense and attack.

What do you think the team will be for Saturday? You can let us know here and also check out our Newcastle United Forum for the game.

Comments welcome.



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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 indian toon // Nov 1, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    VIDUKA IS NOT PLAYING AGAINST PORTSMOUTH..

  • 2 indian toon // Nov 1, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    VIDUKA IS NOT PLAYING AGAINST PORTSMOUTH.. here’s what sam had to say…
    http://newcastleutd-mad.co.uk/news/loadnews.asp?cid=TMNW&id=360670

  • 3 aaron d // Nov 1, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    I think that smith should start up front with Martins, Owen looks like he needs a rest and prove he’s worthly of a starting birth.

    Team.

    GIVEN
    BEYE ROZEHNAL CACAPA ENRIQUE
    MILNER EMRE BARTON N’ZOGBIA
    SMITH MARTINS

    SUBS: HARPER GEREMI OWEN FAYE TAYLOR/BUTT

  • 4 indian toon // Nov 1, 2007 at 12:18 PM

    cacapa should be dropped not faye .. after his performance..

  • 5 yemozone // Nov 1, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    @ aaron d
    I like that tem but i will replace cacapa with faye

  • 6 mikeygd // Nov 1, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    GIVEN

    BEYE, TAYLOR, FAYE, N’ZOGBIA

    MILNER, EMRE, SMITH, BARTON

    MARTINS, OWEN

  • 7 mikeygd // Nov 1, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    This should be our team for away games,

    Given

    Beye Rozenhal Faye enrique

    Milner Butt Barton N.zogbia

    Viduka, Martins

  • 8 Hadrian // Nov 1, 2007 at 3:41 PM

    didnt think viduka would be so important to us , but as long as big sam does his narrow long ball thing away from home , our team cries out for a viduka up front with his back to goal .

  • 9 Leo // Nov 1, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    well you know what they do to lame horses. haha
    only joking

    im suffering from the same at the moment… in both legs, playing football 2nite at 9.30 so fingers crossed

  • 10 Tripp // Nov 1, 2007 at 6:43 PM

    braces, mate, braces. I look like T3 on the pitch. 2 ankle braces, 1 wrist brace, and neoprene sleeves over my knees. And there’s no sliding (which is good, plastic pitches don’t treat you very well in that respect).




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