It looks like Mark Viduka could be back in early September, and his time away with his Achilles tendon problems may be shorter than first thought.
Mark Viduka – could be back in early September
Thereâ€™s no doubt Viduka was inspired in the latter part of the season by new manager Kevin Keegan, when Newcastle put together a good run of 7 games unbeaten.
During that time Mark showed what a good player he can be, if he can only shake off the injuries that have dogged his career.
Mark talked to the Evening Chronicle today and seemed really upbeat:
â€œFor myself it has been difficult with injuries and things like that.â€
â€œThe end of the season was great and I have enjoyed playing football again.â€
â€œComing off at the end of games with a smile on your face is the best thing a footballer can do.â€
â€œI think for next season I hope we can push on the way we have been.â€
â€œFor me personally, though, I would like to play more games and have fewer injuries.â€
Those are good words from Viduka, and that’s exactly what he needs to do – get really fit in pre-season and hope he can keep fit for most of the season. We do expect Kevin to add another striker to the mix in the summer, so Mark can have some games off, so he can keep really fit.
â€œI want to be more consistent.” â€œI was starting to feel fitter with each game I played.”
â€œI would have liked to be like that for the whole season, and if Iâ€™d had a pre-season I would have been a lot stronger at the end.â€
The 32-times capped Australian managed 7 goals for the club last season, and some of them were important goals.
Mark has just one year left on his current contract at Newcastle, but also has a yearâ€™s option and that could see him at the club until 2010.
Viduka is looking ahead to pre-season training, but he is still expected to spend some weeks in the treatment room.
Finally Mark mentioned where he would like to see Newcastle next season:
â€œHopefully I can get some pre-season under my belt and thatâ€™s basically what Iâ€™m after.â€
â€œWe want to really have a go at things next season.â€
It would be great if Newcastle can be up there in the league next season, and that would certainly lift the whole mood on Tyneside – like the old days under Kevin Keegan.