Kevin Keegan has received some very good news on the injury front today.
Mark Viduka – fit for Blackburn on Saturday
Mark Viduka has trained all this week and it looks like he may be fit for Saturdayâ€™s game against Blackburn Rovers. Of course he hasnâ€™t played for a while so he will be short on match fitness.
Mark continues to have several set-backs to his calf and hamstring injuries, and Keegan is hoping these injuries will now be behind the Aussie striker. So do we because Mark can be an important player us for the rest of this season, if he can only remain fit.
Mark is an experienced front man and one ability he has in abundance is to hold the ball up, which we have been missing a lot in the last several games. Alan Smith is just not a good front man, especially when he is playing alongside Michael Owen.
It also looks like both Emre and Oba Martins may be fit enough to participate on Saturday too, but again the two players will lack match practice.
Oba Martins has never played for Keegan yet, having arrived back from Ghana with a sprained ankle, which has caused our medical staff some difficulties in getting fixed. But the good news is that Oba is now back in training, and has an even chance of being ready for Saturdayâ€™s game.
Emre – could be fit for Saturday – hope so
Emre has also seemingly recovered from his calf muscle strain. If he is fit we would hope that Keegan will give him a start, since we really need his creative abilities against Blackburn. We have missed Emre these last few weeks, since Joey Barton has been out of form and hasn’t been able to provide the creative opportunities our strikers rely on.
Our Â£6m Spanish Under-21 international Jose Enrique is not injured, contrary to some rumors, and it has been a mystery to most fans why he hasnâ€™t been used more this season. Keegan has tended to play young Charles Nâ€™Zogbia at left back but Charlie could be better employed up front where he can be a threat to any defense.
Enrique has looked more than decent when he has played, so weâ€™d really like Kevin to address this point at some time. As we say, itâ€™s all a little bit of a mystery at the moment.
Thereâ€™s no doubt that until we can start to put a win streak together every Premier League game gets more and more important. The match against Blackburn on Saturday is no different and we just have to get that elusive win, sooner rather than later.
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