Faye And Martins Now Nursing Injuries

We had thought we were in  good shape with injuries yesterday but things are not looking as good this morning.


 Abdoulaye Faye – has picked up calf injury

Owen (calf), Mark Viduka (Achilles) and Abdoulaye Faye (calf) have missed the Summer Cup trip to Mallorca, while Oba Martins (knee) and Steve Harper (shoulder) sat out the training session yesterday in 95 degrees morning heat yesterday.

We han’t realized that Martins and Faye were nursing injuries and worrying news is that Shay Given is still complaining of a sore thigh and trained on his own yesterday.

This injury is not related in any way to his old groin injury, that goodness.

Keegan told the Newcastle Journal today:

“We knew with Mark Viduka that he’d miss the start of the season so that leaves us with two and both are going to catch up,”

“It’s not like we’re not going to have them for the start of the season, they’ll both be available for me if I want to pick them for the home game against PSV (Eindhoven), hopefully, and certainly Valencia a few weeks before the season starts.”

Martins has some kind of knee injury and the Nigerian has only travelled to Soain to link up wiht the rest of the lads and do some light training.

Thta’s a good idea for the well-liked youngster, because he will be able to get the companionship of his team mates after the tragic death of his mother only recently.

Kevin continued:

“Obafemi Martins is going to miss both games,” “He’s had an injection in his knee, which he needed.”

“We were actually going to do it before his mother died tragically. He had to go the next day so it just delayed the process.”

“He’ll be able to run today and kick a ball properly by about Saturday but he’s missed ten days’ training so there’s no sense risking him, much as you’d like to play him.”

Keegan has also held back with players like Geremi, Faye and Jonas Gutierrez , because of their summer World Cup commitments, but still believes the fitness of his squad should be on a par with that of most other clubs.

Kevin continued:

“I’m happy with where we are at the moment,”  “We’ve had a few little niggles like everybody else at this time of year – blisters and slight little strains.”

“We’ve had to pull a few away for a few days usually just as a precaution and not anything too worrying but with a view that it would be crazy to lose players for a long period at this time of year. It’s a balancing act.”

“We’ve got some young kids here who wouldn’t normally be with us but we’ve still got a very good squad.”

“If they do well and you know you’ve got other players to come back – the likes of Mark Viduka, Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins, plus two or three others who we’ve left behind – then you want the team to do well so when the others come back in they can take it on again, that’s the ideal thing.”

We reported yesterday that Mark Viduka still has the Achilles problem and had an injection and missed the last game of the season at Everton because of it. But he’s still not fit.

He’s still around 10 days away from fitness, where he can train fully again, but this doesn’t auger well for the upcoming season, since he missed so many games in his first season through injury.

Most of these injuries are minor and Kevin is right to be very careful at this time of year, and ensure everynopdy is ready to go once the season starts on August 17th, when we just must get off to a good start.

And we’d still like to see 3-4 top players brought in to fill out the squad, if we are really serious about trying to break into the top 6 by next May.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far


    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed i know this is going to break your heart but Inlers agent says he is to meet Arsenal next week.

  • Lesh

    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2


  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Long hard season ahead me thinks. I only hope we stay above the sh*te from down the road.


    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Well if anything this just highlights how bloody small our squad is! thats most of the 1st team! for gods sake go & buy some f####n players!!!!!! how many injuries will we probably pick up through the season as well? if this doesn’t shock that fat greedy bastard in to action then nothing will! god i h8 him!!!!

  • ANON

    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    it’s only a couple of pre season niggles, why all the fuss??

  • Carlos

    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    If you give me two options:

    Toon wins Premiership, or Tottenham go down. I swear to God I choose tottenham to go down. On that note, I’d rather finish on top of them rather than on top of Sunderland.

    It’s shame Oba is not playing those games. Is Carrol in squad? Why on earth is he not played on these type of games? It’s pointless putting Smith upfront.

  • Tom

    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Carroll is injured. Only forwards we have out there are Shola and Smudger.

  • ginkoh

    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    FuXXing sake ! Look like we’re on curse all the time since Bobby Era. I don’t know why Luck never be with us or we just don’t good enough.

    I’m so upset and very very boring this time. Maybe It’s better to don’t know anything.

  • HalftimeBovril

    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    @ Carlos

    Come of it man, surley your a Toon fan first and foremost and would always want the best for the team.

    Spurs arn’t my favourite of teams but quite frankly as long as we do well I don’t really care what they do. If we won the Premiership i would’nt care if Spurs and the Mackems finished 2nd & 3rd

  • Carlos

    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    In that case, I think we could try a Duff, Ameobi, Milner front 3, with Geremi, Butt and Guthrie in middle. It is way better than Smith and Ameobi upfront on there own.

  • Carlos

    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

    @ Bovril. I know mate, I was just exaggerating really,just trying to emphasize how much I have grown to hate the. Anyway, sorry for bringing them up on this thread.

  • Dave76

    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #12

    MMNUFC – it’s reported in the Sun… say no more.
    Plus the price quoted as 10mil… his release clause is only 5 mil.. so again the Sun say no more..

  • Rab

    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #13

    A bit off topic but does anybody know what time kick off is tonight and can you listen/watch it? or is it internet updates only?

    thanks in advance

  • HalftimeBovril

    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    @ Carlos

    Forgiven fella,

    Anyway if they go bellow up ala Leeds we can get some good player on the cheap like we did with Woodgate 😉

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Looks like non of our proper strikers will get a pre season this year at this rate anyway.

    It is shocking how thin the squad is and i just can’t see us making any progress on last years position in the prem.

    What would have happend if shola and Smith had been sold?

    Carroll as lone striker?

    We need far more than the two players Keegan is going on about it is more like 5,6,7..a proper game has not been played yet and the current squad seems to be in complete tatters.

    This squad if not improved will struggle.

  • MattyDread

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Tom – Scary innit. I said t’other day imagine starting the season with only Ameobi and Smith up front… looks like a nightmare coming true.

  • WesToon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Go to sleep…feeling SH!TE….wake up feeling…BETTER….get to work….feeling NERVOUS….switch on the P.C…feeling…GUTTED…this is how my week is EVERY week…i Love Newcastle more than ANYTHING(bar my family) i just feel like feking crying Lads

  • CraigThaiToon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #18

    a couple of players with a couple of niggles hardly world ending stuff

    “if this doesn’t shock that fat greedy bastard in to action then nothing will! god i h8 him!!!!”

    the same fat greedy bast**d that just ploughed a fifth of his wealth into a club that was in a pile of debt and clearly on a downward spiral, the same fat greedy bast**d who’s made 1.4bn by being a fat greedy bast**d and running businesses better than the person he took over from. God i hate that fat greedy bast**d which i’ve neva met in my life. FFS have a quiet word with urself!

    I’ve got an idea why not splash 24m on 27yr old (i think) Arshavin appease ‘fans’ like you who rate players by money they cost, watch him fail to adapt to the prem, shout at him from the gallowgate that he’s a stupid lazy foreigner, loan him out for a season then sell him two years later for 3m. Or better yet lets buy players that want to play football and not pick up wages and see where that gets us. If we only half fill the ground cos supporters like u have run off to tottenham than i think we’d all be better off!

  • staffsmag

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #19

    More bullshine from the soft southern tossers !!!!


    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #20

    Rab it’s on sentanta at 7:30 m8! if you miss it 2nite it’s replayed tomorrow on sentanta at 1230! @craig i dont give 2 flying f##ks how much debt he cleared! i’m not on the board! are you? i’m a football fan & for that i want to see good players playing good football & not a business plan! you have a word with yourself dragons den!

  • ToonKing

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #21

    Hertha’s gonna shite themselves when they see that strikeforce……………………

  • Ericles

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #22

    More and more each day are we seeing the failure of our so-called recruitment team and the naive attitudes obviously infecting the boardroom. Is Owen going to play? Will our present number one striker (Smith) score in Mallorca? Will Shola save the day? I will not blame Kevin for the present predicament as there are always minor injuries to players getting back into training. It is upstairs (in a London office) where will find the cause to the current sqaud size. We cannot shout down a coal mine for quality players anymore!

  • Swift nextsoccerstar

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #23

    The problem we face is that there aren’t many decent players available. The ones that are have 6, 7, 8 other options. If those options are in the CL or are challenging for next year then we don’t have a chance.

    Throwing money at them is one way, but that gets you into trouble. Whilst I’m frustrated that we haven’t signed more players, I do understand why we haven’t.

    One thing is for sure though we need at least four., but it’s not going to be easy

  • valle

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #24

    Well, i actually think the Faye injury is the worst problem if it dosnt clear up before the season. We have Owen comming back, so Oba can be eased back, but at least none of the injuries sound to bad.

  • Rab

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #25

    Cheers WIGAZ! woohoo I have setanta, the wife will be thrilled!

  • Martin

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #26

    This season looks like it’s going to be damage prevention!

    We’ll have a characteristically bad start, then HOPEFULLY improve around christmas and go on an equally characteristically good run in the last 5-10 games!

    It’s very depressing being a Newcastle fan at the minute, but we can’t really turn on Ashley for not being able to offer European football or the bright lights of london…

    The only way we could bring in realy top quality players (and i use that term loosely) is by paying 10x more than they’re worth, and generally this doesn’t work!

  • benny

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #27

    Unless a russian oil billionaire comes and buys the club i think we are doomed. We wont qualify for europe next season so we will have the same problems in the transfer window next summer.And the cycle will continue until we are battling relegation. Fulham were not much worse than us last season yet they have bought in 5 or 6 players and spent 20mill.

    I have been completely underwhelmed by our signings and just hope kk can get the best out of all the players.

  • Chris H

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #28

    Rab, it is actually 7.00 kick off mate. I’ve just checked my setanta tv guide.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    If you don’t speculate you don’t accumultate,we seem to have this mindset that every expensive player will be a bad signing and not work out..so what do we do just trawl the bargain basements and pick lots of cheap players?

    Nothing in football is predictable,you could spend 15m on a player and he breaks his leg these things happen that is football.

    I think the message people are trying to get across is that the current regime seem quite happy to trundle along in the bottom half of the table while the fans pay top dollar to keep watching poor football…the fans are now becoming aware of this and that is why we have this current summer of discontent.

    When Mike took over I was over the moon..a billionaire wow…happy days are here..but so far he has spent nothing on the team..yes we are dept free but that does not win you matches and that is what a good team does.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #30

    The paying public will only be pushed so far..this is reflected in current ticket sales..the waiting list use to be a mile long now they are advertising them on metro radio or whatever.

    I am not saying sack the board all I am saying is surely if we are in such a good financial situation then that is the right time to invest in players that will challenge in the premiership.

  • Matt Lacey

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #31

    Do we have to play with Shola and Smith up front? 🙁 Kev, if I fly out to Mallorca right now, can I play? I know I’ve got a broken foot at the moment but I reckon I won’t do much worse…

  • steve

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #32

    Whats happened to Zamblera – he only played 3 games at the under 19 championships – still got to be better than Smith / Ameobi

  • ObaFan2

    Aug 1, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Our 1st team for tonight looks terrible… just goes to show how weak we are with a paper thin squad.


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