Viduka Still Struggling To Get Fully Fit


Mark Viduka is nowhere near 100% fit, and is still trying to shake off his niggly little hamstring problems.

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Mark Viduka – still working to get fully fit

Mark talked to the Newcastrle Journal this morning:

“I’m not at my strongest, I’m still working my way back to that because I had a couple of niggling injuries. As you get older it gets tougher to shake them off and I’m into my 30s now”

“When you’re young you recover quicker, you can shake things off and you can play with the knocks. It doesn’t affect you as much, but I’m not that age any more. I just have to accept that and do the best I can.”

Viduka is still considering retiring from International competition but still hasn’t made a final decision on that. Some solution may be possible where Viduka only turns out for his country in qualifying games – may be worked out, but it’s a long way for him to travel and he’d be happier if he called it a day with Australia.

Mark added:

“It’s a really tough decision for me with Australia because I’m at the age where I have to look after my body and get the most out of it that I can,”

“I love meeting up with the guys and representing my country, but I want to play for Newcastle for as long as, and as often as, I can. I want to be able to give 100% to Newcastle.”

“I might be able to pick and choose international games, but I’m having a chat with the coach at the weekend so we’ll see what comes from that.”

Now 32 years old, the Melbourne-raised striker feels at home at Newcastle these days and loves playing for Kevin Keegan. Mark is certainly showing some top form for Newcastle, even though he may still be only 80% fit.

Mark and his family have been in England and Scotland now for quite a few years, and he’s certainly getting used to it here, as he continued:

“We’ve been in England for so long now we see it as our home,”

“After I finish playing I’ll see what I want to do and have a little break before deciding. Maybe if I miss it that much I might go into coaching.”

Viduka has always been injury prone and we think playing for Australia will not only add to his injury problems, but trips back to Australia can get fairly exhausting.

We think the more success Mark has under Kevin Keegan the more likely he is to finally give up International football and concentrate on playing only for Newcastle, which will hopefully add a season or two to his career.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • Leo

    Apr 9, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    damn, i hope he is fit for pompey.

    also if he is going to be a coach we could do no worse than get him in as our striking coach because he is a genius when it comes to hold up play and turning defenders with so little effort

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  • staffsmag

    Apr 9, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    I hope he is fit for the weekend too!!! Imagine where we may have been this season if he had been fit for most of it ??? Haway the lads !!!!

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  • hanzemre

    Apr 9, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Go on Mark bang some more goals! You sure can score!

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  • Zx

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #4

    I hope someone reminds him who is paying his salary. He should just retire from international football and give others a chance in the team.

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  • clinta

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Zx – easy to say ‘remember whose playing his salary’, but players love playing for their country and have every right too.

    besides i think it’s not as big a problem for mark as others, as he hasn’t been picked for the aussie squad to play in the asian qualifiers anyway at the moment.

    might get called up for the final few games but that’s debatable also?

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #6

    staffsmag, sorry to be the one to tell y’mate, but we spell Ho’way with a O not an A, that’s how mackems spell it i’m afraid(oops!)…Just an observation man, don’t take offence, just thought you may wanna know, it may save future mishaps!..
    …Toon, Toon!..

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