Injection Should Clear Up Viduka Achilles Problem

Newcastle’s manager Kevin Keegan has said today that Mark Viduka will not need any surgery his Achilles heel problem.


Mark Viduka – no operation will be necessary

Viduka however could miss our final game of the season away tot Everton. It all seems to be dependent on when Mark has the injection for the problem.

Newcastle’s boss Keegan told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Mark doesn’t need an operation, but he will have an injection.” “We don’t know if he will have it before the Everton game – which would mean he would miss that – or after.”

“The decision will be made by the doctor, myself and Mark.” “It’s up to Mark if he wants to play in the last game.” “He should be fine to join in pre-season, which is what he wants to do, and is the basis of any season.”

“If Mark comes to me and says he wants to play against Everton, he will have the injection after the game.”

Seems to us Mark should play in the Everton game and then have the injection immediately following the game, unless Kevin wants to give young Andy Carroll his first start for Newcastle.
Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Faustino

    May 2, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #1

    So has Emre definitley left for Turkey now then; there was no mention of him in the squad news?

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 2, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #2


  • Graeme

    May 2, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Give him a jab now and put him out of his misery. Make room for a new CF to take over for next season.

    Is euthanasia allowed in the Premiership?? Maybe kinder to just sell him!!!

  • paulthepom

    May 2, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #4

    the blokes obviously not fit.carroll is the future and its the perfect chance to give him a go against top opposition from the start.would also drop oba.i know he scored last week but his first touch is terrible.its only cos he’s fast he manages to keep hold of it.give owen and carroll a go up front.and bring the wingers back for a game.i thought the 4,3,3 was woeful last week and decent teams can find you out eventually like west ham did.we were lucky not to be 4 or 5 down at half time.

  • micepie

    May 2, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #5

    I totally disagree with paulthepom. It’s true that sometimes Martins first touch is off. When it’s not he’s amazing, and even when his first touch is bad he’s still often the man most likely to do something positive. There are definitely areas that he needs to work on, but a very large part of our revival was due to his positive and unpredictable play.

    I also like Viduka when he’s fit. He’s like Shearer post-32 because he nearly always doesn’t give the ball away, even if slow (like Shearer towards the end). A good target striker. I’d keep Viduka plus ideally buy alternatives to both Viduka and Martins next season, not replacements. Gudjohnsen and Gomis would be great. I feel we’ve been fairly lucky on injuries this season, but we need more back-up next or to give the youngsters more 1st team sub appearances. I think Gudjohnsen could play as a midfielder-cum-striker like Owen too.

    I’m still not quite sure what we’d really need for next season overall.

    Maybe OUT – Carr, Amoebi, Nzogbia, plus Rosenzhal OR Cacapa (I’d also offer Diatta a one year contract)

    IN – one LB, one left winger or left-sided MF, one creative central MF, plus two attacking, creative players – one who could be versatile, like Gudjohnsen?

    If Butt gets injured or suspended we can temporarily play Faye in that role. I’m not even sure if we need a CB when thinking about it more, or as someone wrote on a post, just to get the central df we have now playing better. Also, not sure whether Emre should stay or go or whether we should send him off to see some witch doctor to get him fitter.

    That would mean 5 out and 5 in, and I’m not sure if KK will make that many changes. Personally I’m also fine with 3 out and 4 in.

  • Soren

    May 2, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d say, rest Viduka the last two games, and give Carroll a go. We might aswell give the lad some minutes now, rather than he sits on the bench.

  • Leo

    May 2, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #7

    yeah i say just let him get the injection get ready for next year.

    oba and owen will do alright together im sure for two games which are by no way crutial


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