Kevin Keegan has rightly praised Oba Martins today for his fantastic attitude.
Oba Martins – has a tremendous attitude
Oba flew into Mallorca yesterday, knowing that he could not play in the Mallorca Summer Cup, but that didn’t strop the lad from linking up with his colleagues, following the tragic death of his mother recently.
Oba has a slight knee injury and will not play over the weekend with tonight’s game with Hertha Berlin, and Sundayâ€™s match with hosts Real Mallorca.
Keegan will likely play the striker in next Wednesday’s attractive friendly with PSV Eindhoven at St Jamesâ€™ Park â€“ and Michale Owen could also be back for that game.
Keegan told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œOba will not play here because heâ€™s had an injection in his knee.”
â€œHe wonâ€™t play in these two games, but we still wanted him to come with us.”
” He can do some running, and there are some nice runs where we are.”
â€œWe took the view that he and Shay Given, who has been injured, could come with us, because theyâ€™re very close now to coming back into full-time training.”
â€œItâ€™s just time with Oba. Heâ€™s got to let this settle for four days. He can run on it, but heâ€™ll miss the two games.â€
Keegan told Oba to take as much time off as he needed when his mother was sadly killed, and put him under no pressure to return.
â€œHis attitude has been absolutely fantastic. Heâ€™s trained very, very hard, and heâ€™s been very focused.”
â€œObviously his training was interrupted by the tragic death of his mother, but he came back quickly, and went straight into training again.”
â€œIâ€™m delighted with all the players, but not least those who could cut corners, but have not.â€
This lad’s not only a great little player, but it’s little wonder the Newcastle fans just love him so much, even more so now, that he has lost his mother while he’s still just 23.
But he has a big family at Newcastle, and the fans will do all they can to help him through this terrible adversity – that’s an absolute certainty.