Kevin Keegan has given an upbeat assessment of Mark Viduka’s fitness this morning on the Newcastle web site.
Mark Viduka – can Newcastle keep this man fit?
Kevin talked about Viduka on the Newcastle United web site this morning:
“We knew he wouldn’t be able to train until two or three weeks into pre-season,”
“Then it will be light with a view to him coming into full-time training probably in the next four to five weeks depending on how he feels when we start to push him.”
“But I think what we will get now is no more problems with the Achilles. He’s working very hard on the things he can work on which is upper body, strength and his weight is fantastic.”
“So once he comes back into training it will just be the football and the quickness of that he’ll have to pick up on and that takes time.”
“These guys would have been training for four or five weeks and it’s not easy just to pick up on that having not done that training.”
“He probably won’t be fit for the start of the season but he’ll be pretty near.”
When Kevin says Mark’s weight is fantastic, we assume that means it’s down from last season, and that Kevin wanted him to lose a few pounds over the summer, and it looks like he has done just that.
We would hope that more is not better (or fantastic) in this case.Â 😀
The problem we always have with Mark is he has injury problems, and generally that doesn’t improve with age, and Mark will turn 33 in October.
He missed far too many games last season due to injury, yet when he played for Keegan during those last 10 games at center-forward, in a 4-3-3 formation, he looked better than good.
It’s going to be important ot get more games out of the Australian next season, and one thing Mark can do to help further his Newcastle career is to retire from international competition, but the signs are he will still want to keep involved, to some degree,Â with the Aussie squad.
First thing though is to get him fit, and then we’ll take it from there, but here’s another player who can be key for the club this coming season.