Strikers In Short Supply For Coventry Tie


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.

Comments welcome.



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97 comments so far

  • IrishMan

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Play Smith – to redeem all……….

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  • Patrick

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Play Zamblera

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  • ed_speed

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #3

    play donaldson

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  • Patrick

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #4

    …then we have more than enough.

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  • Dan13

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #5

    all the listed so far are poor

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  • Ross

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #6

    dont play owen. play jose at LB, stick zogs on the left, and play jonas and duff up front. might aswell give spiderman his first proper chance to get on the scoresheet for us.
    maybe play jonas a little deeper, so he can pick the ball up and run at coventry. to be blunt, they’ll sh!te themselves.

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  • dick

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #7

    is amiobi fit, everybody on here always says the championship is his level, perfect time to play him

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  • obaistheman

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #8

    What are you on about donaldson did nothing when he came on, stop playing him up. Carrol is a load of bollox in my opinion aswell.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #9

    smith…that’s not even funny!..
    …Do y’wanna lose?..

    …Mmmmm, how many games have we won with smith on the pitch?..

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  • Patrick

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #10

    @Dan13, I wouldn’t agree about that these are not good players. In fact, we are talking about playing Coventry City and we need to have the tryouts for our future players.

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  • CDN MAGPIE

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #11

    thata boy dan keep the optimism going you prat

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  • Spyro

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #12

    put some youngsters on the bench, and lets see if they can step up

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  • DARREN FROM MALTA

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #13

    where are the 3/4 players that keegan said he is going to bring ? who is the wow signing ?

    WE NEED REALITY NOT ONLY TALKING AND BLUFFING

    mike ashley’s needs to talks by signing good players

    WARNOCK MALOUDA SAVIOLA DI MARIA

    these are the players newcastle united realy needs mr ashley !

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  • toon head

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #14

    play smith agianst coventry perfect match to get confidence bakk

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  • Patrick

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #15

    @Spyro
    yes, that’s very true. I want to see Kadar and Tozer and LuaLua to be featuring, from the bench to be more realistic.

    Otherwise, it will not make sense that we keep buying young players!!!!

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  • toon head

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #16

    we shud get saviola vargas and riquelme !!!

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  • Spyro

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #17

    i wouldnt mind all those players Malta, but i doubt it. I can see Malouda coming when Chelsea sign Robinho, and i can see Saviola coming as he basically stated that he would like to, but i highly doubt the other two

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  • Robert

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #18

    My team:
    Harper

    Edgar Taylor Bassong Enrique

    Milner Guthrie N’zogbia Jonas

    Ameobi Owen

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  • Spyro

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #19

    me too skunk, hopefully they have a place on the bench.

    By the way, what happened with nile ranger? and also those two european trialists?

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  • Ross

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #20

    spyro-if i was gonna have any youngsters on the bench, it would be lua lua and donaldson. i’d also give bassong a game.
    i dont wanna put out some sort of second string team though, because in all honesty cups are the only thing we can have a solid run in, and i’d be devestated to go out the cup at the first hurdle. getting arsenal early on was bad enough last year.

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  • scott9

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #21

    play one of the youngsters like zambrela
    luks like senderos is of to milan o well hopefully we will b ring some players in in the next 8 days i aint gettin my hopes up cause we always get disapointed

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  • Spyro

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Robert why would you remove Shay and Coloccini when they are both on form?

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Spyro, surely its coz if they got injured for the Arsenal game it would be a nightmare? Or am I missing the point?

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  • SwedeEric

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #24

    From what I have seen in the reservs not even close to be good enough for the A-team! Much rather have Smith and Ameobi!

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  • Spyro

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #25

    oh never mind robert, i see you are just playing a weakened team to give some a rest.

    I would play

    Harper

    Beye—–Coloccini—–Bassong—–Enrique

    Lua Lua——-Guthrie——Butt——-Zoggy

    ——————-Milner————————-

    ————————–Owen——————–

    subs: Donaldson, Edgar, Krul, Smith, Taylor, Jonas, Carroll

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  • Spyro

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #26

    yeah just realised Tom

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  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Nile Ranger played for the reserves & scored, i think Spyro!..

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  • Patrick

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #28

    @ Spyro, would there be another striker instead of Owen? I wanna play him, but we have to be more cautious since we don’t want him to be injured before the Arsenal game.

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  • Rosco

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #29

    This was on the cards…… We’ve needed a new striker all summer….. time to pull one out your arse Kev cos fat MA aint gonna provide one!

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  • Spyro

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #30

    i agree patrick, i think he should play 45mins. However, this is a strong Coventry side that could beat our best 11 on their day so i dont want to leave too many class players out. If they look at a teamsheet without Jonas, Owen, Coloccini, Given they are going to be well up for it, and we may just end up getting thrashed.

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  • Adam B

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #31

    harper

    bassong taylor Colo Enrique

    geremi butt guthrie Zoggers

    Ameobi Smith

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  • Spyro

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #32

    thanks Skunk, yeah i heard this Nile kid is class

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  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Aye, y’never know, scoring on y’debut is always good like!..

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  • Keegan is King

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Berba’s mum Margarita, 45, a former champion handball player, recalls how the Shearer shirt became her boy’s prized possession.

    She said: “Dimitar wore this shirt all the time.

    “He even used to sleep in his Newcastle shirt! It’s that special to him.

    “Dimitar told me it was his dream to play for Newcastle United one day and wear the same shirt as Alan Shearer, who is my son’s hero.

    just read that about berbatov, wouldnt it be awesome if we could sign him

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  • Patrick

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #35

    @Spyro

    Yea. In tthe recent days, CL can’t be underestimated. I was watching Reading vs Charlton from Setanta the other day and I was amazed by the speed of football they are playing.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #36

    I would play:

    Harper

    Beye—–Taylor—–Bassong—–Enrique

    Lua Lua——-Guthrie——-Zoggy

    ——————-Milner————————-

    —————Smith——Ameobi——————–

    Would see if Guthrie can hold his own against a weak team, Milner can wonder forward, and hopefully… One of the two strikers can bag a goal, otherwise bring Owen on after 70 mins, if is 1-0 or we are losing!

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  • Terry

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Spyro – Nile Ranger scored for the U18’s a few days ago on his debut for us.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Correction- If we are drawing 0-0, or losing, bring Owen on after 70 mins.

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  • TOONARMYTOM

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Hey my mate plays for the academy, and he told me nile ranger got done for armed robery

    you wanna watch outt for my mate he captins under 16,s and plays for under 18’s sometimes

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  • Patrick

    Aug 25, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #40

    @Tom4Nufc

    but I thought Ameobi’s injured, and that’s why he’s not signed by Ipswich.

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