Newcastle’s Oba Martins has been ruled out of tomorrow’s Carling Cup tie at Coventry – although the news may be a little better on Irishman Damien Duff.
Oba Martins – groin strain will keep him out 2-3 weeks
It looks like Martins’ groin strain could keep him out for a couple of weeks, so it’s not as bad as it could have been, as Martins was injured trying to take a chance in the 53rd minute on Saturday.
Damien Duff got a bad hit on his knee from his Irish team-mate, Alan O’Brien, the former Newcastle center-back, but it may not be as serious as first thought.
We may be a little short on strikers for tomorrow’s Carling Cup tie at Coventry, but Kevin Keegan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Oba’s struggling. He tried to play on in the second half against Bolton but all we would have done if we had left him on is damage it further.”
“He’s a brave lad. He wanted to go and give it a try, even though, I think, the physios knew he couldn’t play on with it and he has got no chance for Coventry.”
“We had Michael Owen, who I had promised I would only use for 10 minutes, on the bench. But when you’ve got a problem, and you see Michael there, suddenly the problem doesn’t look as bad.”
“Damien Duff got a knock. He was very brave to go in there, or stupid, whichever way you want to put it.” “I wouldn’t have gone in for that!”
“He’s a quick healer, and I know he’ll want to play. He’s very fit and energetic at the moment, so he’ll have a slight chance.” “And we will have to think long and hard what we do about Michael.”
However, we’d be very surprised if Duff makes it tomorrow night, so not sure who our two up front may be – probably Ameobi and Owen, unless Kevin wants to give young 17 year-old Ryan Donaldson a run out. Ryan looked quite impressive in the couple of times he’s come on in pre-season.
Steve Harper will be in goal, and we‘ll have to wait and see what team Kevin will play tomorrow night, which is a game we would like to win, but must not lose.