Viduka Out Minimum Six Months If Operation Needed

News today that injury prone Mark Viduka could be out for a minimum of six months with his Achilles tendon injury, if the injury forces him to have an operation to fix it.

Mark Viduka – out 6 months if Achilles operation needed
If Mark does need an operation then a minimum of 6 months will probably not see him return this season, so he will not have played at all.

And whoever gave the medical opinion last May that an injection would do the trick was plain wrong, because Mark could have had the operation and recuperated over the summer, and been fit a lot sooner.

Mark has always had injury problems and last season he only played in 28 games (21 starts) and scored 7 goals. When he was in the side he definitely made a difference, but if you’re always injured you cannot be much help to your employers.

Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Mark Viduka has had one scan on his injury, but he wanted a second opinion and so too did our medical people. That is why he has gone back to Australia.”

“However, we know there is a chance Viduka may need surgery– and if this turns out to be the case we will be without his services for a minimum of six months. This is not good news.”

“We will know more when Viduka comes back in about six days’ time, and in the meantime all we can do is wait and hope.”

One thing that seems certain is that Newcastle will not take up their option of a third year with the Australian. We understand that Mark has a similar contract to Claudio Cacapa – a two year deal with an option for a third year.

We don’t think either player will be at the club next season.

Let us know what you think about this.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 9, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Cut our losses – can’t see him playing for us again !! Shame

  • dougnufc

    Oct 9, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Just when I thought he was coming back. Bang, there you go again

  • Mark

    Oct 9, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    @ dougnufc // Oct 9, 2008 at 13:21
    Aaron Spear
    Which team is he playing for then I am struggling to find any information on how he is doing. Obviously when you are tipped to be the next Wayne Rooney people want to take an interest. Is he playing for the U16’s?

  • kelvin

    Oct 9, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #4

    just when you thought the most injury prone player at newcastle was owen….

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 9, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Aaron Spear is moving back to Plymouth, i spoke to him on msn last night, it sounds like he doesn’t want to play football professionally.

    Cacapa should have his contract extended as should Viduka if he can prove his fitness.

  • Bill B

    Oct 9, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #6

    YES Cut our losses one less Sick note ! What we havent had we will never miss…….

  • Whumpie

    Oct 9, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Gutted about Viduka – he set up some fantastic goals and made us impossible to defend against with Owen and Martins either side of him.

    Perhaps Xisco can step into those shoes, but apart from Heskey (who comes close.. sometimes), I don’t know of anyone who can do what Viduka does.

    Such a shame – looks like it’s back to 4-4-2 and relying on wingers… but we have got some great wingers…


    Oct 9, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Tom-Toon.Viduka has proved his fitness-basically he`s not!!!!!!
    He can play 4 games a season and maybe should have a contract like “Pay when you Play”
    Hasn`t been worth the money at all.Good player if fit but never is so whats the point in keeping him on the books

  • daydeburt

    Oct 9, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #9
  • daydeburt

    Oct 9, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #10

    viduka- class when hes fit, but he never is. pity like..

  • daydeburt

    Oct 9, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #11

    pay as you play is a good option, i agree

  • dougnufc

    Oct 9, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #12

    @Tom Toon

    You Sure?

    This is what he said to me yesterday

    “07/10/2008 01:02:02 douglas Aaron spear (L):) hey, have you signed for newcastle united?
    09/10/2008 00:55:26 Aaron spear (L):) douglas yeah”

  • dougnufc

    Oct 9, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    however his msn name says “hope i am doing the right thing coming bk” which show signs of him returning to plymouth?


    Oct 9, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Gutted about Viduka, hes god but just too knackered and he needs replacing .. by whoever it is owning / managing / DOF / coaching our club in the new year ..


    Oct 9, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Ooops did not mean to say GOD … meant GOOD ….

  • casper

    Oct 9, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #16


  • nufc toon malaysia

    Oct 9, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #17

    viduka out for 6 months?omg.we must find a replacement during the january transfer window..smith cant backup…bring in oscar cardoz or pazzini or saviola

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 9, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Viduka is good but too old for the premier league

  • graeme

    Oct 9, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #19

    He should have been replaced last summer and everyone knows it. This was always going to be his last season as he is definately past it.

    Once again we keep a player whos costing us in excess of £60k a week and produces absolutely nothing in return for that outlay. It must be the best jolly under the sun.

  • MichaelOWaN

    Oct 9, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #20

    This is a sad news because he is one of my favourite players at the club, so to have him out for probably another 6 months is pretty bad. He has already shown us what he can do when he is fit but unfortunately, it looks likely that he is unable to continue doing what he has previously done. I think it is for his and our own good that he leave the club when his contract expire so that maybe he could go back to Australia and join one of the teams there. But I still wish him a speedy recovery and I really hope to see him playing for us before the season end.

  • Marat18

    Oct 9, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #21

    that leaves us with Ameobi being our only targetman. not much of an option, tbh.
    I know lot of people hates this “fantasy team talks”, but I’d go for Derdiouk (spelling?) in January as a replacement, more likely his team will be out from CL in December, so we can get him.

    but the whole club has to be sorted out first

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 9, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Kalinic as a replacement or Pogrebnyak who’s contract runs out in the summer.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Oct 9, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #23

    It is time for him to retire or the club to release him. Hopeless guy. The A-League will welcome him with a pension plan.

  • Southern Geordie

    Oct 9, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Sack him off – if the club is to go forward we need to get rid of dead wood and. Sounds ruthless but to many part-timers have come here in the past. We need someone who can string more than 90mins together

  • Brutooooon

    Oct 10, 2008 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #25

    viduka go retired….we can buy a new striker in january. young fitter and not injury prone. remember viduka is an old lad, therefore waiting for him is totally useless…

    find younger striker, but i do believe xisco will be a big hit when he settle in england

  • Matt

    Oct 10, 2008 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #26

    whats all this aaron spear crap?

    viduka should never have been signed in the first place. another bad buy by sam.

  • gorskino10

    Oct 10, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #27

    I think hes passed it for us hes too lazy for our team maybe for Wigan or a team like that he would be great.

  • LP_6

    Oct 10, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #28

    get rid! he’s work shy and just happy to collect his enormous wages

  • samthecat

    Oct 10, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #29

    If he had had this operation in April when it was clearly needed he would now be ready to play.
    The club were told it wasnt needed-we get some crap medical advice.

  • Thump

    Oct 10, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #30

    This really isn’t a surprise.


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