Some excellent news for Newcastle fans today and it’s not about any transfer business.
Oba Martins – should be fit for pre-season training
Newcastle were given a fitness boost today with the news that both Obafemi Martins and even Mark Viduk,a could be ready for the start of the season.
Martins became a doubt for pre-season after missing Nigeria’s game against Austria earlier this month, and Oba’s agent claimed at the time that Martins had missed the game because of an ankle injury.
Martins’ agent Chris Nathaniel said:
“He actually had ankle injuries which he managed to play the last matches of his club season with the aid of pain killers.”
“In order not to aggravate the injuries, he had to see a doctor on time and right now he is in Italy for a check-up to determine the extent of the ankle injuries.”
Nigeria manager Shaibu Amodu said at the time:
“Obafemi said he had a scan on his ankle, and the doctors said he’d be out for eight weeks.”
A Newcastle insider has said the injury was blown way out of proportion, and Oba should be OK to start training in early July, with the rest of our squad.
That’s the really good news.
Other potential good news is that Mark Viduka has a chance of making the first game of the season.
Viduka missed Newcastle’s last game of the season at Everton, after struggling with an Achilles injury, so he could have an injection into the Achilles tendon.
The news is that Mark is ready to see the specialist again in early July, but he is still expected to miss most of the pre-season.
How quickly he can return is debatable, but he could be ready for the first game of the season – just maybe.
But Mark is not particularly quick at recovering from his injuries, so we’d be surprised if he was ready to play in that first game.