Emre and Viduka Still Doubtful for Saturday


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.

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Emre and Mark Viduka – both recovering from niggly injuries

But whether or not either will be available for Saturday’s game against Blackburn is not clear.

Keegan talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about both players:

“They 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 hasn’t played here since I’ve been here, but he wants to.”

“He 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.”

There’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 that’s the way it is and we’ll have to trust that our medical staff can work some wonders this week and get them fit for Saturday. We need Viduka’s aerial play and goal scoring ability and we need Emre to carve out the chances.

But until Mark is fit we’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.   He also set up the goal for Faye with his aerial prowess.

Give him a chance Kevin.

Comments welcome.



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76 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Feb 26, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    viduka is here for a payday! its obvious!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    suprise, suprise

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  • hanzemre

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    hope they try their best to get fit in time & playing some part in that huge game.

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  • Graham

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    I hope Emre is fit but I doubt it. Also, Ive just checked the 5 day weather forecast and apparently its heavy rain on Saturday so that rules Viduka out

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  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Are they really not fit or is that just a smoke-screen when coaches don’t wanna play someone but don’t wanna damage the players rep by allowing the press to go saying that they’ve been dropped?..How the hell can thet still be injured?..They never friggen play?..

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  • tony

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6

    play owen and carrol up front

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  • Ian

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7

    So Martins will be fit?? I thought he was still injured too?

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  • Kash2

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Is enrique fit?

    which team would you guys prefer?

    Given
    Beye Taylor Faye N’Zogbia
    Milner Butt Barton Duff
    Owen Smith

    or

    Harper
    Beye Edgar Faye/Taylor Enrique
    Milner Butt N’Zogbia Duff
    Owen Martins

    ?????????????????

    HMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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  • Bryan

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #9

    I think Andy Carroll should not be the only youngster we bring into the first team. How many games does it take very well paid professionals to stop looking like a Sunday morning side defensively. Not just the back four, although they have been appalling all season, but the midfield as well. Every player has a defensive duty towards the team, and if they are not doing that then they put added pressure on a very figile defence. Blame must also be apportioned towards our coaching staff. For gods sake what is actually going on at the training ground.
    If the kids they have brought in are so good, give them a chance. They certainly cant be any worse then whats on show at the moment.
    The players need to stop deluding themselves that they are too good to go down, because at this moment in time we are by far the worst time in the league. That is not an opinion but fact. Until these so called superstars start wearing the shirt with pride and honour, and sweating blood for the good of the club and supporters before themselves, then we are heading towards oblivion like Leeds Utd.
    God prayer i am wrong.

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  • broon ale

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    changing the subject a little here but im just curious as to where ever body comes from on this blog.. i mean, we all talk but for all we know we could be neigbours or summit.
    i will start! im from Ouseburn in newcastle. Overlooking the tyne river. over to you lot.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m living in Camden town, London, gooner territory sadly, not quite as bad as ‘nam tho’, phew!..Not quite neigbours then!..

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  • greek toon

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Athens

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  • Doctapaul

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Well I was born in Rothbury, raised in Tynemouth and now live doon sooth. Travel 300 miles for every home game.

    Like Ed Harrison I worked for IBM for many years.

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  • Kash2

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #14

    London, in the city. From Newcastle originally though, went to St Mary’s in Benton. Folks live in Darras Hall!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    My family come from Jarrow, but i got dragged all around the NE(33 different houses before i was 18), but mostly grew up in Darlington, co. Durham

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  • broon ale

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #16

    wow,, a good variety! Athens! im a jealous of you. how come you ended up supporting Newcastle? Remember Nikos Dabizas! i liked him.. he scored some goals.
    we have a couple of london boys here too. Nice one. Kash 2,, i take it your folks have a few bob? 🙂

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  • broon ale

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #17

    punk skunk, i recently went to camden coz i went to london zoo. it was a nice place. i visted the camden market too. I was half expecting to see amy winehouse or pete doherty knocking about. i hear they live round there?

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  • Mat

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #18

    Fiji, South Pacific…

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  • GM

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #19

    I want carol to start as well if oba is unfit, also if enrique is still injured or deemed not good enough then play edgar left back or even geremi right back and baye at left back, then play zog in the middle in place of barton with butt or faye alongside him. Cant see it though, i think same as the abortion last week in terms of team selection.

    Broon ale : Cramlington for me

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  • Shearer9

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #20

    Oba will give us a big lift. we need to stop playing Alan Smith and start using him as a squad player to fill gaps, not as a main striker. i agree, Carrol should get the nod infront of Smith if Oba isn’t fit.
    I’d play Taylor and Faye in the centre again but left full back is a real problem. he want’s to play Duff anf N’Zogbia as he doesn’t want to drop one of them. he’ll have to drop one I think, as Zog is not a defender… I’d drop Duff if anyone… he looked sharper against Utd but he doesn’t seem to be confident enough to take anyone one. We need a mainstay centre midfielder… a Deco or a Fabregas, we’ve missed that this season, Barton was terrible last weekend, Emre needs to get fit and playing to his full potential.

    never thought i’d say this but I’ve been really disappointed with Given’s kicking and distribution this season… since that stomach injury he hasn’t been the same, shot stopping class as ever … but we’ve let in so many efforts from free kicks and long range this year…I’m sick of being on the recieving end of goal of the month !!

    Big game this weekend for the Toon, we all know they can do it. Howay the lads.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #21

    Aye they do broon ale, & what’s more they both come into the recording/rehearsal studio that i manage!..
    …But Whiney Whorehouse’s fave boozer burnt down the other weekso that’s prob. why y’didn’t bump into her, aw, & i hear she’s having a bit of a rough time at the mo’, apparently!..

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  • broon ale

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22

    mat, whats you connections with newcastle? Born here and moved to Fiji? there’s me sitting at work depressed with life of being a newcastle fan and there’s no escaping the harsh realitys of how crap we are… at least you guys can go outside and see Fiji and athens and forget all about whats going on at newcastle.

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  • Jimmie

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Stockholm – Sweden

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  • broon ale

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #24

    punk skunk,, you dont own the recording studio that max carlish recorded doherty doing drugs do you?

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  • broon ale

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #25

    jimmie, remember andreas andersson! he was horrendous. how did you end up over there?

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  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Na mate, i wouldn’t be able to write if i did, would i?..Ha!..I just manage one for a friend, so i get to make music…& i just can’t get it together to work for the MAN!..if y’knowarra mean?..

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  • broon ale

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #27

    punk skunk,, here;s my myspace profile.. if you click on the videos section under my picture you can see me chanting some tunes out.. far from studio quality im afraid.. more like drunken mobile phone quality.

    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=60236902

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  • Paul R

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #28

    viduka pls catch the next flight back to oz and stay there u are nothing but a greedy lazy lardy arse !! and as for emre i really like him when he plays but im afriad his wages could be better used on other plyers ! I would like to see Kazenga Lua Lua and smith given a chance in the middle of the park (lets fgace it he will always play smith so lets try him there where he can work hard all game!??) it has to be better than barton butt !!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #29

    Hey, that’s pretty good bro’, don’t do y’self down man…Y’don’t really earn 1/4 mil tho’ d’y’?..

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  • Bryan

    Feb 26, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #30

    Broon ale – I think you have started something here. People seem to be posting about themselves and where they lived as opposed to the concerns of NUFC.
    By the way I am from Alnwick.

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  • Bryan

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Broon ale – This is getting out of hand. If you want to chat to people use Bebo not this site. I want to discuss NUFC not other peoples lifestyles.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m from Sydney Australia. Never seen a live game but one day hope to. Watch every 4am match though. Its 1am vs blackburn this saturday night yay

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  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Bryan get over it. Its the first time its ever happened and its good.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Bryan, it’s a bit of light relief bro’, i think we’re prob. all a bit jaded by recent events!..i know i am, soz mate!..
    we’ll get it back together soon man!..

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  • broon ale

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #35

    bryan.. howway man.. this blog simply recycles storys published elsewhere,, whether it be newspapers or the official website, nufc.com, true-faith or where ever.. you start a discussion and by the time you go back on the main page there is another subject been added. if you dont want to get involved with finding out a little more about your fellow newcastle fans, simply go on another subject.. im willing to bet by the time i post this there will something else added so you have plenty to choose. you dont have to join in this discussion.

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  • steve

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #36

    working in the city (London) – originally from scally whitley bay and went to Monkseaton High

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  • greek toon

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Broon ale, the grass is always greener mate. I was educated in the uk and went to newcastle university in the 80’s. Still go back and love it over there.

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  • broon ale

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #38

    ausgeordie,, thats dedication for you. 1am watching the toon.. few cans of fosters or castlemain 4 X.. happy days. sounds good to me.. pity the football is horrendous at the moment. Im sure if you want to see a live game it wouldnt be too hard to find someone to put up some digs for you on a matchday weekend and go to the match with you

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  • greek toon

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Bryan, just a bit of light relief from the misery 🙂

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  • broon ale

    Feb 26, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Ahhh whitley bay,,,the spanish city.. its being knocked down now! Greek toon, its good to see your time in newcastle studying made an impression on you sufficiently to end up a life supporter. it is indeed light relief.. we will be reading all week leading up to blackburn how its a must win game and we must try harder etc.. i am not even getting my hopes up. this takes my mind off it.

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