Viduka Back To Full Training Within 3 Weeks


Kevin Keegan and the Newcastle club were given a boost last week when it was revealed that Mark Viduka will not need an operation on his troublesome Achilles heel injury.

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Mark Viduka – operation not needed on Achilles heel

Viduka was given an injection for the Achilles heel problem late last season, and missed the last game of the season at Everton because of it.

Mark was back at Newcastle United’s training ground on Tuesday, after again seeing the specialist.

And it seems the injection he had has cured the problem, which it was feared could have sidelined the striker for another six months.

Of course if the injection hadn’t worked that would have been really bad news, because Mark could have had the operation 2 months ago, so it’s good the injection worked, otherwise we would have been after the specialist. 😀

Viduka trained on his own last week, as Kevin put the rest of the squad through some punishing double sessions ahead of next Saturday’s friendly away to Hartlepool United.

We like to hear the lads have been training really hard, because we know they will be super fit next season, and they need to be for such an important season.

It looks like it could be the end of July before Viduka can return to full training – but given how things stood at the end of the season with the Australian, we’re sure Kevin and the medical staff are more than pleased with Mark’s current status.

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Well done Mark – job done!

Viduka may be able to play in the pre-season game against PSV Eindhoven at St James’ Park on August 6th, although that may be pushing it a little bit.

We doubt he will be able to line up up for Newcastle’s opening fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 17th, which will be televised live around the world, but we know Mark is motivated, so you never know.

Mark played really well for Keegan from January on, once he regained his place in the side, and he has been glowing in his tributes of his new boss.

Viduka in his career has gone through the motions too many times in games, but that never seems to be the case when he plays for Kevin, because Keegan seems to be able to inspire the Australian, as he does nearly all of his players.

We hope Mark can get in a lot more games this coming season than last, and we wouldn’t be surprised if he has a cracking season, as long as he can stay fit, which with Mark is always the big question.

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129 comments so far

  • LOL

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #1
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  • LondonToon

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t see him staying fit, I’m afraid. Hopefully he’ll play 10 or so more games this season than last, but he’s had injury problems his whole career, can’t see that changing at 32. It’s a shame cos he’s probably our most technically gifted player.

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  • bettyswollocks

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #3

    no doubt he’ll break down again before the end of august and end up needing the op anyway. We can’t plan next season around the duke. If he is fit it is a bonus but we need a longer term solution.

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  • furrygiblets

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #4

    For how long though….

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Pavel Pogrebnyak that would solve this problem for about 8 to 10 million for a 24 year old….could turn out to be awesome….

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  • dougnufc

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #6

    I like Viduka, shame that he is injury prone

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  • ELFER

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #7

    He’s propably one of the best holding strikers the EPL ever had and I’m watching his old games and goals over and over…but I’m afraid I also think that his fittest days are gone…what a shame, but that’s the way the clock runs unfortunately.

    We need a youngster, who got some ball holding skills and is big. My desire would be our swiss talent derdiyok, but let’s see…

    Well we have now Bassong also on loan. Althought he is a left footed central defender, 22 years old and 1.87m big he could be (fi he impresses KK) our man for backup central defence and also our missing backup for enrique on the left!

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #8

    he holds the ball up well and brings others into play well but i just dont think he is anywhere near as mobile as he used to be….

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  • Sav

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Shame, as he was saying he hoped to get a full pre-season in this year to help him stay injury-free but that’ll not happen now. He’s class, no doubt about it.

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #10

    elfer have you seen him play or not ???

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  • beye the great

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #11

    if he gets injured at least it gives room for the likes of carroll

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  • ELFER

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Well if we sign Bassong also it would be a double catch maybe (central defender backup / left fullback). But is it me only who thinks that youngsters are hungry yes, but that there is also a risk with taking too much not yet proofen players to the club?

    We need one additional good and experienced central midfielder! I hope it will be INLER.

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  • ELFER

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #13

    normski1930z: who do you mean? duke? sure I have seen him play and under KK he was producing very very good performances in my eyes!

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #14

    nah elfer am on about bassong??? av personally never seen him play…

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  • Alex

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #15

    when fit he is the best CF at holding the ball in the premiership. Its a shame he is never fit for a long run of games , lets hope Carroll learns a lot from the guy in training.

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  • ELFER

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #16

    ah, yes I watched some games last season of metz…but I must admit that I didn’t really remember his name, althought I think he also scored a goal? but I’m not sure anymore…but at the age of 22 surely promising and he also was included once in the france U21 squad!

    But let’s trust KK…I’m sure he will be able to rate this lad and also keep in mind that he would be a very good buy while solving two of our problems (backup lb and cb) at once!!!

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  • Shearer#1

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #17

    He’s past his best & too injury prone. We should go for Anelka. Anelka, Owen & Martins would be capable of scoring 50-60 goals between them providing they all stay fit. Failing that, Eidur Gudjohnsen from Barca.

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  • ELFER

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #18

    I always liked anelka but I think now that he has been at chelski his wages will be out of our capabilities…

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  • bettyswollocks

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #19

    anelka is a nob and would cost a fortune. he would only sulk anyway

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #20

    sorry to keep banging on but me and punk skunk are convinced about Pavel Pogrebnyak i think he could be awesome 6ft3 good touch,mobile, quick ,good hold up play and gets goals 8 to 10 mill i think that could be the type of signing that would make the likes of the spuds and villas of the epl stand up and take notice…

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  • ELFER

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #21

    you are absolutely right about Pogrebnyak, yes! and at the moment we only doing “low fee” transfers, so maybe there’s somithng cuking in the kitchen? 😉

    would be nice…but I think after the euro’s also other clubs are interested in him…wonder what wenger the voyeur (hehe, search on youtube) thinks about him?

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  • JR Lutterbach Habib

    Jul 12, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #22

    VIDUKA will score in Old Trafford.

    I’m sure about that! 🙂

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #23

    elfer he didnt play in the euros he was injured that was pavlachenko that played up front for russia….. he was also banned for the uefa cup final….i am hoping he has gone under the radar of the big clubs and we can just sneak in..

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  • ELFER

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #24

    The DUKE of Newcatles scores against MANU – I luv it! 😉

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  • ELFER

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #25

    ah, you’re so right yes, pavlychenko! that would be a fantastic buy – don’t you think?

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #26

    WASTE OF MONEY!!! INJURED 60 -70% SEASON!! REPLACEMENT NEEDED ASAP!!!

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  • ELFER

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #27

    calm downl prawn…yes it’s a shame he was injured and we hope he will stay fit this season to net some more exciting goals! But he won’t make all games and KK knows that also. I’m sure a longtime replacement is just around the corner.

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  • Graham

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #28

    It will be September before we see him in the 1st team at the earliest. Fantastically gifted player, but never the fittest man in the world at the best of times.

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #29

    pavlychenko would probs demand a transfer fee now after the euros about 15 mill but am sure we could get Pogrebnyak for more like 8 to 10 mill and if he wasnt injured he would have played in front of pavlachenko at the euros…

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #30

    hps come on then lets have the gomez rant lol lol lol….

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  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #31

    I like Viduka! Shame he’s old!

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #32

    and another thing Pogrebnyak is only 24 and still has alot to learn, i honestly beileve this guy could(god forbid me saying this) be our new shearer… i think hes that good..

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #33

    So nobody is of the opinion we could use Carroll this season, fill in the for the games FAB can’t make?

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #34

    andy i just think its a big step for carroll right now give him maybe another year then maybe..

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  • Dan13

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #35

    ANDY NUFC
    Are you Andy Carroll?

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  • seetow

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #36

    viduka has been the second best holding striker in the history of premier league, just behind big al 😉

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  • Maestro

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Great news, Viduka!

    About Pavlychenko … Spartak general director Sergei Shavlo: “…we will not sell to a club who are not in the Champions League and do not represent a step up”

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  • 9 Shearer

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #38

    @normski1930z. never compare anyone to Shearer he is a legend an average of 20 goals per season. I would like Pogrebnyak to come but He cant hold that ball like Viduka the only match 4 viduka in EPL is Berbatov and we cant get our hands on him though he loves newcastle.

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  • Kaler

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Carroll is no where near as good as Viduka yet, even if he is injury prone.

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  • 51times

    Jul 12, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Andy – I would use Carroll too, let’s give him a chance. It’s not like we’ll achieve anything major this season anyway.

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