Viduka Hoping Aussie Doctors Can Fix Him Up

News yesterday that 32-year-old Mark Viduka will fly out to Australia in an attempt to fix the Achilles problem he’s been suffering from most of this year.

Mark Viduka – hopes to get fit in Australia

Mark has been continually injured in his time at Newcastle United, and has started only 21 games with 7 substitute appearance and 7 goals. But he has yet to play this season.

The Newcastle medical staff are mystified by Viduka’s failure to return to full fitness, since he had the injection following the Chelsea game in early May, but has been sidelined ever since.

Interim manager Joe Kinnear could offer no insight into the problem yesterday:

“I don’t know where we are with it,”

The Australian International is expected to arrive in Melbourne in the next few days to undergo tests and treatment at the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Center. If the problem cannot be pinpointed there, then he may join the Socceroos squad in Brisbane.  The Australian team doctors can then see what they can do to get this man fit to play football.

But obviously Mark is not helping the team as he visits the treatment room every day, and the sooner he is fit again the better. When he is fit, he’s an excellent front man.

However this is no different than it’s been his whole career, and he seems to be continually dogged by various injuries over the last several years.

Oh well – let’s hope his home country people can fix him up – and quickly.

Comments welcome.

59 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    needs to be shifted off the payroll.

    always been injury prone, always will be.

  • graeme

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Surely a Vet in Newcastle would have been able to diagnose terminal decline and give him the jab to put him out of his misery!!!!

    Seems a long way to send him to be put down, surely!!!

  • Bungles Pocket

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Awesome player but think about it – it’s starting to get warm in Oz… and he’s injured… coincidence???

    Get rid

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s finished,he needs to leave.He’s a great player but whats the use when you can’t play him.Bring Ibisevic from Hofennheim as a replacement.
    Its so hard having so many good players but not being able to put them all together for at least 20 games per season.

  • Sheepskin

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #5

    This bloke is a disgrace. happy to sit on his lardy backside and trouser his £60k per week. I suspect we wont get more than 10 games from him until we can get shot next summer. He should hang his head in shame and take a voluntary pay cut on the grounds of false pretences at being a footballer

  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Viduka scored some crucial goals last season!..
    …Get him fixed & in the team!..


    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Time to get his P45.
    Waste of money,he is collecting huge wages and not helping the team out.
    What`s the point in people saying keep him or hope he is back soon?He will last half a game and be missing 3months.
    Better to hope that BIG AL could put his shorts on once a yr-more hope of that happening.
    SELL THIS WALLABEE (spelling)

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Hadji-i scouted ibisevich on my fm.he is from bosnia

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Viduka is a back up not a first team player.wat about smith?

  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #10

    What about smith?..
    He’s a 3rd team player!..

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Ganiyu…..He’s from Bosnia and currently the best player in the Bundes league.
    He will be the new Luca Toni or Didier Drogba in terms in the terms of getting recognized in his mid 20’s.
    7 goals in 6 matches,but what makes him special is the fact that he always puts his best performance against big teams in Germany.
    Awesome player really

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Sorry….i put ”terms” twice

  • selly no skill

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #13

    viduka will get fit when he has about 4 months left of his contract and will bang goals in.he has done it all his career.i live in oz and he is a hero here but all the aussies think he’s lazy too


    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Now Ashley Brings Back Mort!
    Tuesday, 30th September 2008

    Chris Mort was quite possibly the most bizarre chairman Newcastle United have ever had, quite simply because the fella new NOTHING about football! But … allegedly … he’s back!

    Apparently Mort is one of the key deal clinchers in the business empire of Mike Ashley, and he is expected on Tyneside today in a development that suggests major movement on the sale of the club is under way.

  • Davies

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Good on his day, but his day comes way too rarely. If there’s another player in the same mould that doesn’t suffer with the injury and indolence problems Viduka suffers from, we should have him instead.

    Might be time for Viduka to hang up his boots. How long can he carry on like this?

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Is there any probabilty of Nufc getting him without competition from arsenal ?

  • sas

    Sep 30, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Did any of you watch any of our games last year? We only played well when Viduka was in the side. Fact.

  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #18

    They’re great when they score, they’re tossers when they f**k up…Ah!..
    …The fickleness of football fans!..

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #19

    HPS – I’m pretty sure he’s back just to oversee the legal side of things with regards to the sale of the club. He is a lawyer after all, isn’t he?

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Punk-would shola and owen form a good pair next season?19 and 26 goals respectively

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #21

    You can call the dukes but one thing he could do was control the ball.

    Isnt it strange how we have heard nowt for weeks and then it onslaught 101. At least we know what it going on to a degree behind the scenes.

    Lets see if on Sunday it all pays off. Would love a 3 pointer before international week – but a point would be good also.


    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Nowt wrong with Mort, infact with him back the bedsheeters might start to forget their Klonerism and focus on the footb – MA might stay a little longer than they thought . . Toooooonnaarrmmmy

  • samthecat

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Losing some weight might help, but i have very little faith in the medical staff-year after year we are top of the injury list.

  • samthecat

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #24

    You need a lawyer to sort out the sale-isnt this the bloke who gave Smith 60000 a week.


    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #25

    he should do the right thing and retire!

  • skin d

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #26

    chris mort isn,t comming back,and is abroad on business.

  • The Sloper

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #27

    I genuinely can’t remember the last time Viduka was fit in his entire career. Just doesn’t seem to have the attitude or commitment. Which is a total disgrace given how he has lined his pocket with gold from every club he has been with.


    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Toon Chicken – yes thats what it said in the article I found, just glad that things are moving forward to sell the club as quickly as possible!Just hope we get an owner/s who want the best for the club and fans, who has money to invest and who can bring in the right people and staff to make NUFC successful! that s including manager if thats KK or not!!!!!!

  • Bungles Pocket

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #29
  • Ross

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Viduka’s taking a bashing on here and its a bit harsh for me. He’s scored some very good goals for us, some vital goals.
    He’s excellent with his back to goal, holds the ball up well, and still knows where the net is, will be sad to see him go

  • Toon Army Scribes

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Many Australian fans know what Viduka is like professionally, but he keeps banging in the goals when needed so what can they do about it. He’ll be back up and running when he needs to find a club that’s willing to pay him a salary. Not good to keep him now when we really need players who’ll stand up and be counted.

  • The Sloper

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #32

    But the reason Viduka will always take a bashing is because of his obvious talent and potential. He does not, and never has, made the most of it. There are thousands and thousands of players out there who would love the opportunities he has been handed, and not of all them would squander the chance!

  • The GreatOne

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Rasko- Mate are you the new Tom_Toon? We will never sign a player as left field as this lad seemingly is

  • Toon Daft

    Sep 30, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #35

    why go all the way across the world? sounds like he is off on his jollies to me – does europe not have the medial know-how that the aussies have? lol

  • WesToon

    Sep 30, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Agree,with both sides of the argument here Lads

    Viduka on his day is a match winner NO DOUBT he is MUCH needed by us(Keep him at least until the end of the season)

    I will also say that,Yes he is earning HUGE wages BUT is it really his fault that he gets injured?? C’mon Lads lets be real here!!

    He IS STILL a NUFC player,He still wears black & white & we should support him regardless!!

    C’mon Mark,Get Fit & blast all these critics

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 30, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Westoon…..Yes i agree but you’re missing the point that Mark’s salary is big enough to have 2 strikers who are much younger,fitter,and better.
    Release Smith and Viduka you’ll create space for 4 extra players on 30 000 a week.

  • Quazi

    Sep 30, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #38

    so what would happen if this was Owen?

  • GoesseN

    Sep 30, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #39

    whats all this about Rozzazinho coming to newcastle.. its on all the foreign websites =S any info lads… brazilian lad.

  • WesToon

    Sep 30, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #40

    @ Rasko a.k.a Hadji // Sep 30, 2008 at 13:12

    Mate,honestly where are these younger “better Vidukas” you talk of?? Bearing in mind the fact that no player wants to tuch us with a stick!!

    Also its pointless selling him in January mate,we are going to need him BADLY this season,because fair play,you could get some(no experience,half decent) Lads for the same price as The Duke BUT are they going to settle in OR will they be any good in the long run?? Its a gamble to sell him now,rather keep him & re-evaluate the situation at the end of the season,it makes more sense,dont you agree??


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