Two players who could really help the team at the moment are out injured, and we are hoping that Mark Viduka and Emre come back from injury just as soon as possible.
Emre and Mark Viduka – both recovering from niggly injuries
But whether or not either will be available for Saturdayâ€™s game against Blackburn is not clear.
Keegan talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about both players:
â€œThey are coming back, but they need games. You expect those players to get fitter and stronger and more confident. We have three or four like that at this club. Mark Viduka hasnâ€™t played here since Iâ€™ve been here, but he wants to.â€
â€œHe just gets niggly injuries which stop him from training. Emre came in for one game and then got injured. We need that bit of luck as well, where players stay fit and get full training.â€
Thereâ€™s no doubt that both players are injury prone, especially Viduka, who seems to miss a lot of games through niggly little injuries. That’s been true his entire career and as he gets older it will likely get worse rather than better.
But thatâ€™s the way it is and weâ€™ll have to trust that our medical staff can work some wonders this week and get them fit for Saturday. We need Vidukaâ€™s aerial play and goal scoring ability and we need Emre to carve out the chances.
But until Mark is fit weâ€™d like to see Andy Carroll given a start in place of Alan Smith. He looks the part every time he plays and deserves a chance. We think he’ll do very well and he certainly looked threatening against Manchester United on Saturday, well a lot more than Smith, that’s for sure.Â Â He also set up the goal for Faye with his aerial prowess.
Give him a chance Kevin.