We’ve kept an eye on the Oba Martins affair this last week, and it now looks like Oba’s going to be out for up to eight weeks.
Oba Martins – showing the excitement of scoring for Newcastle United
The somersault comes next 😀
Martins was due to report for international duty with Nigeria last week but failed to turn up, but Oba said an ankle injury he had sustained was the reason for his non-appearance with the Nigerian squad.
Nigeria manager Shaibu Amodu explained the situation yesterday:
â€œObafemi said he had a scan on his ankle and the doctors said heâ€™d be out for eight weeks.â€
This is not good news for Newcastle, but there’s still a good chance, with some good treatment during the summer, that it may not be as long as the full 8 weeks.
But the injury could rule Martins out of most of Newcastleâ€™s pre-season preparations, and that would be unfortunate.
The problem we have is that Mark Viduka is also recovering from his Achilles tendon injury, and he may well not be ready for the start of the season.
But we do expect Newcastle to bring in at least one new top striker in the summer, and we still have Owen, Carroll and possibly Alan Smith (if he’s still at the club) who can play up front.
We would expect Kevin Keegan to keep with the 4-3-3 formation he used so well in the last 10 games of last season.
The formation worked like a treat and Kevin was able to utilize the talents of all of our top 3 strikers and goal-scorers – Viduka, Owen and Martins.
Martins will be a key player for Newcastle next season, there’s absolutely no doubt about that.
The boy has already shown under Keegan that defenses can be very unsettled by him, and they just don’t know what he’s going to do next.
And there’s nothing quite as exciting as when Oba runs full-tilt at the opposing defense, as he famously did at Tottenham last year (with Keegan shouting him on) and he set set up a great goal for Michael Owen.
That was just great to watch, as Newcastle took Tottenham apart 4-1 on their own ground ….. oh, the memories of that game. 😀
Martins is a one off, and don’t believe any transfer talk surrounding the boy, he’s going nowhere in the summer.
We love the lad.