Viduka Out Injured – Misses Start Of Season


Newcastle United striker Mark Viduka has been ruled out of being fit for the start of the new season.

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Mark Viduka – misses start of the season

That’s about the last thing we wanted to hear about Mark, since he had an injury interrupted first season at the club last season, and has been plagued by numerous little injuries throughout his career.

It appears that Newcastle manager Keegan believes the striker will be missing for the first two or three games of the season, and it therefore could be September before the Australian can play again for the Magpies.

It was feared at the end of last season that Viduka would need an operation on his Achilles tendon injury, but he was able to get buy with an injection in May, but we had thought he would have been fit by now.

Keegan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“Mark will definitely not be ready to start the season, but he should be back in training in the next week.”

“With the catching up he has to do, I would say, if everything goes to plan, Mark will miss the first two or three games just because of match fitness.”

“Other than that, I don’t think there is anybody who I could say, at the moment, will miss the start of the season.”

Mark has proved he can be a valuable player for the club when fit, but we just have to get more games out of him this coming season  – somehow.

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53 comments so far

  • 51times

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Not surprised.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    well that’s good news for shola and smith

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  • Irish John

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #3

    some things just never change

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  • Tom

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #4

    And bad news for us.

    Good news for a potential targetman transfer to newcastle though! Lol.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #5

    How come we buy players like duke who had a great season at boro they come to us and they are knackered.

    Love the Duke top class on his day but how many days will we see him fully fit?

    If Owen and Martins and duke are injured who will be scoring the goals?

    This tournament in spain you get a point per goal and 3 points for a win..be interesting to see who puts the ball in the back of the net.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #6

    51times please edit your comment and add wall virginity for cooldj : )

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  • normski1930z

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    how surprising eh???being saying for months we need to get another targetman coz viduka will only play 50% of the games at best…

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  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #8

    There’s something I never thought I’d see.
    Allardyce vetted his players so well !!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    I thought this was already a fact and atleast he isn’t out ’till the end of the year like he would have been if he’d needed the operation.

    Unfortunately Dukes is injury prone and we’d be lucky if he’s fit for 50% of the games this season. He is a class player when fit though.

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  • 51times

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #10

    I imagine he is cursing my name right now as he shakes with anger. A common theme with regards to the users of this blog.

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  • JonGoodwyn

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11

    I dont get why people are saying ‘oh again.. same as usual’
    Hes been injured since before the end of the sesason – its the same injury.

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  • MattyDread

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Imagine starting the season with only Smith and Ameobi up front…

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #13

    I am somewhat frustrated like many other fans about the lack of transfer activity at the club!
    then we hear Keegan hopes for two more signings! Only TWO?? Can’t say this is filling me full of confindence for the new season!!
    ASHLEY OUT BEFORE HE DISTROYS OUR GREAT CLUB!!!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Oba’s back with the squad in Spain? Good for him, so what’s the starting line up gonna be?
    Oba up front? if ready and with who?
    Defence? the same back 4 Beye, Faye,Taylor and Enrique?
    Midfield? Is Spidey available? Guthrie , Milner n Zog?

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  • Ian

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #15

    If we arent buying a good striker on our shopping list, which I do not expect we are, then really we need a fall back striker in case Owen and Viduka let us down, and Carroll is as bad as some of us expect, just a cheap older player the likes of Sibierski or Roberts they both did a job last year in the respective teams and we dont have anyone for that role.

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  • Ericles

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Here we go again. Viduka is back in the treatment room. Is it not time we cut our losses on this sick note?

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #17

    We need a good forward say’n smith and Ameobi are a waste of money! viduka when is he fit? and Owen, KK said he was suffering from carf problems then it was the mumps now he has back problems!! the only player we can rely on is Oba and what happens if he gets injured!?
    we need players of quality and fast! cert.. more than TWO!! its quite sad seeing KK say in january we needed extra players before anyone left, then we need replacements for the player that have left extra players to bulk out the squad now its only two! its a F$%£ing joke!

    ASHLEY THE JOKER, KK’S LEFT ONE CIRCUS TO COME TO ANOTHER!!!

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  • The Second Coming

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Prawn… agreed.

    Owen’s gone from mumps recovery to calf problems and now back strain. Selling him? We could do with investing in more than 2 players!

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  • WesToon

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #19

    HAHAHAHAH

    From a sad TOON fan,reduced to laughing
    all other emotions have come & gone

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  • craig chisholm

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #20

    its like i have been saying for months on here, ashley aint going to invest in players of any sort of price tag – period. he is going to milk it, hope we struggle through this season and sell. either that or i just dont get his game plan maybe? i would have thought that if he is planning on sticking around then it would be important to stay in the prem……the way we are falling backwards is alarming and i do notthink for a second that we will get out ofthe bottom half of the prem next season. something else, if kk says he hopes to sign two players withon the next few weeks what does that tell us??? ittells us that they dont have any deals getting done now and that wisey etc are still wading through their long list of bargin basement buys in the hope of finding a half decent player that every other team has missed. Hey Nick Drydon……….many times over the last two months you have told me that i am very negative – thats cool. how do you feel now that the new season is upon us and we have what we have? are you still positive or has your head dropped too?

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  • ANON

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #21

    if he’s missing just because of match fitness, surely that can mean he’ll do 15-20 min bursts at the end of the game, in order to gain ‘match fitness’

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  • ANON

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #22

    obafan, Faye didn’t travel

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  • Chris H

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #23

    I must admit I’m starting to wonder what the hell is going on at our club. I’m not going to start slating individuals as I don’t know who’s to blame for the situation. We need players in. FACT. So why is Keegan saying that he now only needs 2 more signings.
    At the end of last season we had a pretty small squad. Keegan stated that we need 4 or 5 QUALITY signings for next season. Since then we’ve seen 4 or 5 players leave and 2 or 3 (bassong pending) come in.

    Now I’m no genius mind, but I can see that this doesn’t add up. We’ll end up in deep sh*t this season cause we can’t avoid injuries.
    We don’t seem interested in strikers, yet Viduka is garenteed to be missing for at least half of the season. Owen is hardly garenteed to play every game. Martins isn’t too bad fitness wise but I think he needs the right type of player to play along side. Smith and Ameobi always get picked in front of Carroll (which is just WRONG). Carroll could be used in the same mould as Viduka if they’d just have a bit of faith in him. Smith is a waste of space and so is Shola. I’d rather see Caroll up front with either Martins or Owen or even bother in a 433.

    Anyway, I have tried to stay positive about where the club is going, and I even thought it’s a slow process and any improvement on last season would be better than nothing, as long as you can see we’re making progress.

    I’ve edited my last statment as i thought Keegan had said we only need 2 mor esignings, but he’s actually said we will have at least 2 more signing in the next week or 2.

    I’m just going to sit on the fence. I’m not knocking anyone nor a I sticking up for anyone at the club.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 31, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Where are the Ashley brigade! “Ashleys the best! Ashley paid off our debt! Ashley will invest!” where are you lot now! over the months myself and a few others like normski, daiv, angryman etc have been slated but now thing weve said are coming true!

    OUR MAIN PROBLEM IS ASHLEY!!! GET RID SELL UP JUST F%$K OFF!! WE NEED AN INVESTOR WHO HAS THE MONEY AND WANTS TO INVEST!! A TRUE FOOTBALL FAN!! ASHLEY JUST GO !!! WE DONT NEED YOU!! AND DONT WANT YOU!!

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #25

    waste of space. Need I say more get rid of his 60k wages.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #26

    It wont happen but we must get rid of SMITH, AMEOBI, DUFF, GEREMI, and start looking for replacements for VIDUKA and CACAPA!!

    WE ARE IN FOR A HARD DISAPOINTING SEASON!!
    JUST HOPE WE DONT END UP RELEGATED!!

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  • craig chisholm

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #27

    hate the prawn sandwiches……….hey man, i have been slated too, i feel left out here in your list of die hard anti ashleys. so pls put my name in too mate, ha ha.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #28

    HPS you forgot to add me to that line up : )

    There will be no big investment as far as I can see.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #29

    SORRY TO ALL THE LADS I LEFT OUT!!

    WORRY’N TIMES AHEAD!!

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  • roy morten79

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #30

    get him out of the club.GOMIS,do i need to say more..

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Feel the tension beginning to boil..I think come the end of the window very little will have changed..even if we get coloccini we still need to spend lots more.

    The current squad is small,fragile and not entertaining…add to that some injuries,suspensions and we are looking very very poor.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #32

    WE NEED AN INVESTOR A BUYER AN OWNER OF THE CLUB LIKE DIC, BIN LADENS FAMILY MULTI-BILLIONS!!!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Keegan bigging up Butt and Geremi…it is just spin to try and take us away from the fact that no investment will or has been made since ashley took over..apart from clearing a debt.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #34

    JUST OUR LUCK TO GET THE TIGHTEST BILLIONAIRE ON THE PLANET!!!

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  • Obafemi Martins

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Just wait… patience is a virtue. Can’t believe some people are self-justifying their long-standing panic because they’re simply comparing our policies to Spurs. Not clever.

    I’m not even going to go through the long list of why you are being unreasonable, it’s wasted on deaf ears.

    One thing I will say – I’m glad you want the best for our club, but I’m REALLY glad you’re not in charge. We’d be screwed.

    PEACE.

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  • beye the great

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #36

    believi it or not i have a good feeling about this season i think with kev at the club he can get the best out of the likes of duff smith n owenand every one else we have to realise that we have a brilliant squad ok its short on noumbers but i think high in quality we have worldclass players we judt need to get the best out of them and with kev as manager there could be no-one better to do that in terms of transfers be patient we have another month to go yet there is still a lot of time

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #37

    I just hope the Toon is not a glorified train set to Ashley to boast about when he is betting millions on black jack.

    It seems we are just s trophy to him..take the fans money the 100m off sky and pacify the fans with lets be honest are not exactly transfers worth getting excited about.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Ashley’s just a devious, manipulative B@”t%&D!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Beye the Great..Smith and Duff are two of the most useless players we have signed recently, have you seen Smith’s goal ratio..exactly there isn’t one..that to me is a lad beyond help.

    Duff..1 good game in how many years?

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 31, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #40

    who’s up for a get me out campain! ASHLEY OUT! ASHLEY OUT! ASHLEY OUT! ASHLEY OUT! ASHLEY OUT! ASHLEY OUT! ASHLEY OUT! ASHLEY OUT! ASHLEY OUT! ASHLEY OUT! ASHLEY OUT! ASHLEY OUT! ASHLEY OUT! JUST BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP OFF!!

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