Good News On Newcastle Injury Front


Kevin Keegan has received some very good news on the injury front today.

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Mark Viduka – fit for Blackburn on Saturday

Mark Viduka has trained all this week and it looks like he may be fit for Saturday’s game against Blackburn Rovers. Of course he hasn’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 Saturday’s game.

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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 £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 hasn’t been used more this season. Keegan has tended to play young Charles N’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 we’d really like Kevin to address this point at some time. As we say, it’s all a little bit of a mystery at the moment.

There’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.

Comments are very welcome, but please keep them decent – many thanks.



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43 comments so far

  • ObaFan2

    Feb 27, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Some good news especially Oba but weird about Enrique as he’s our only proper lb and looked good when he has played.

    Also more good news that barton can’t return to Liverpool and play against them 🙂

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  • Jon

    Feb 27, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah good to have Oba back but someone must find out what’s wrong with Enrique???

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  • Tripp

    Feb 27, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #3

    I really wish the club would make some kind of statement. It would put to rest the speculation. If the lad’s unhappy though he hasn’t come out and said anything unlike Rozehnal. You gotta give him credit for that. From our perspective he’s got every right to be ticked off.

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  • GP

    Feb 27, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Stephen Carr has convinced Enrique to scarper to Northern Ireland to join the IRA so he can play left-back every game. It’s all a part of his plan to get Newcastle relegated. Carr you clever son of a bitch.

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  • Pete

    Feb 27, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #5

    I doubt we’ll see “win streaks” of more than 1 this season Ed, but I admire you’re optimism!

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  • Carr is shite

    Feb 27, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #6

    We got to keep the faith in kk and hope for the

    best.

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  • Baker

    Feb 27, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Oba and Owen up front playing off Viduka.

    This could be something special

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  • milnerfan

    Feb 27, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #8

    good news about the injuries clearing up. However i still see the starting line up with smith and butt. I think we need to field our strongest squad on sat. If we dont win on sat then its defo gona be religation battle. Which we will win 🙂

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  • Carr is shite

    Feb 27, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Actually i like the idea of duff playing in the hole

    behind the strikers and let n.zogbia free on left

    wing. Duff’s best position could be as a

    playmaker as he do not have the pace as a

    winger.

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  • Davies

    Feb 27, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #10

    I sincerely hope that signed picture of Emre up the top is genuine. We don’t want him missing match practice to go to court.

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  • andyc290

    Feb 27, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #11

    I also think it would be a good idea to play Duff in the hole, preferably a nice deep one far enough away from St James Park so that he cant play on Saturday.

    Got to get Enrique in at left back, we need 4 recognised defenders on the pitch. Butt needs to act as defence for whole defence not just centre backs.

    Barton is a joke, shouldnt play for us again, not just cos of what he did but bcos of his lack of commitment on the pitch.

    Maybe play Owen and Martins up front together would dissuade our defence and midfield from lumping high balls forward and encourage them to keep it on the deck. Although given the apparent lack of intelligence throughout i dont think it would stop them.

    Whatever the team Saturday is a must win, i hope the players realise this and play accordingly.

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  • cloudstrife

    Feb 27, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #12

    what’s with Enrique? it really ticks me off not knowing about him!! KK let us know. is it you dont like him? whatever it is, WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!!

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  • Jon

    Feb 27, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #13

    YES WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW!!!!!!

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  • Magpied_Piper

    Feb 27, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Our best side — qualifying “best” as assessment and survival:

    Harper
    Beye / Taylor / Faye / Enrique
    Milner / Geremi / Emre / Zogs
    Vid / Owen

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  • Elliott

    Feb 27, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Maybe he’s not up to it mentally. He doesn’t speak English. He’s unsettled. Keegan hates him. Who knows.

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  • mikeygd

    Feb 27, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #16

    agree with baker about playing 3 up front coz our midfield is so f**kin shite.

    Harper
    Geremi Beye Faye Enrique
    Milner Emre Nzogbia
    Owen Martins
    Viduka

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  • mikeygd

    Feb 27, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Harper

    Geremi Faye Beye Enrique

    Milner Emre Nzogbia

    Owen Martins
    Viduka

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  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 27, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Yea, please get Enrique on the pitch!..

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  • Swede1891

    Feb 27, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #19

    mikeygd..thats a genious starting line-up..wish kk would go with that one..but unfortunatley its more likely that hell freezes over..than that he will leave his pals Butt, Barton and Smith out..:( i just hope that emre&martins will be in the starting 11…

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  • mikeygd

    Feb 27, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #20

    yeah were probably going to see

    Beye, Faye Taylor nzogbia

    Milner Butt Barton Duff

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  • mikeygd

    Feb 27, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #21

    owen smith

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  • Nick C

    Feb 27, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #22

    I reckon we signed a fat paella chef instead of a left back

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  • mikeygd

    Feb 27, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #23

    ne1 see milner say he most likes to play with carr as they have a good understanding.
    I think ive come to the conclusion that they are not bad players they just have very low iq’s. Keegan needs to take them back to school and we will start winning games no problem

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  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 27, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #24

    mikegd, y’could be/probably right!..Downer!..
    …Not Zog at LB, what’s the point?..
    Butt & Barton in mid…No creativity!..
    …Smith…Why?..(anywhere)

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  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 27, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Mate, they all need a re-boot or possibly switching off, then back on again!..

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  • mikeygd

    Feb 27, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #26

    lol at punk. They needs memory upgrades and a new processor as well

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  • Gloryhunter

    Feb 27, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Good News On Newcastle Injury Front

    What a headline. I thought the first sentence would be –

    ‘Smith, Butt and Barton on treatment table for six months’

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  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 27, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Lol!.. to post 23 & 24

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  • Gloryhunter

    Feb 27, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Forster

    Edgar Faye Beye Enrique

    Milner Emre Nzogbia

    LuaLua Martins

    Carroll

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  • daniel...

    Feb 27, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #30

    my team…

    harper
    car cacapa taylor nzogbia
    barton butt smith duff
    matrins carroll

    forster faye beye owen emre…

    NATTTT!!

    harper
    beye faye taylor enreque
    millner emre duff
    nzogbia
    owen viduka

    fosrter carroll lualua edgar cacapa

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  • Ian

    Feb 27, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #31

    So pleased Martins is back.

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  • steve chrome

    Feb 27, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #32

    how about….

    harper

    beye taylor enrique

    faye

    milner zog

    emre

    martins duff

    viduka

    its a 3-1-2-1-2-1 of sorts

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  • steve chrome

    Feb 27, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #33

    damn, all my nice formating has gone!

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  • daniel...

    Feb 27, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #34

    sorry like people martins still dosent deserve a shirt for me like

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  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 27, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Still think i’d play Owen tho’, but he needs service!..

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  • Gallacher_the_Horse

    Feb 27, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Gloryhunter No.29, that would be a side! Maybe when we’re safe and a couple of games to go.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 27, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #37

    I reckon Roz could get a game in his perferred position right now.

    …………..Harper
    Geremi….Beye…Edgar…..Enrique
    ……………Faye………………..
    Milner…….Emre………..Zogbia
    ………Owen…….Viduka

    Bench; forster, Duff, Martins, Viduka, Butt

    Tactics: If no goals by half time take Owen and Viduka off and put Martins and Carroll on. If Emre can only do a half push Zogbia in to the middle and put Duff on. Butt and Forster should not be needed.

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  • Hadji

    Feb 27, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #38

    This is our best formation and starting 11
    ………………….Harper……………………
    Geremi……….Beye…….Faye………….Enrique..
    ………………….Barton…………………………………
    ….Duff………………………………………N’Zogbia
    ……………………Emre………………………………..
    …………Martins………………..Owen…………
    4-3-1-2

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  • Leo* I HATE NICKY BUTT

    Feb 28, 2008 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #39

    good stuff get martins dukes and owen in the team as well as emre would be good i think

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  • obamagic

    Feb 28, 2008 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #40

    COME ON OBA!!!!! work yr magic!!!
    ………….Harper………….
    Geremi….Beye…..Taylor……Enrique
    …………………Faye……………………….
    …….Milner…………………………N’zogbia
    ………………………Emre………………..
    …………Martins……………..Owen

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