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.
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.
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.