Newcastle’s Mark Viduka Back In Training

Good news for Newcastle fans today as Aussie Mark Viduka returned to training, following his extra long lay-off with his Achilles heel injury.

Mark Viduka – trained on Friday

Mark was training with the lads today, although we need to be a little cautious, as he was back to full training in October, but must have had a setback,

Mark’s last game was against Chelsea last May, and he had an injection for the injury, after that 2-0 defeat, and has been missing ever since.

It will take Mark a week or two to get back to full fitness, but this has to be good news, because when he does play, and that isn’t too often, he’s very good for our side.

Hopefully the coaching staff will have him on a special plan to get him fit as quickly as possible, as the big man can score the goals and leads the line extremely well, and of course is very experienced.

Joe Kinnear told nufcTV today:

“Mark is back in training today (Friday) which is good news.” “He could be a very important player if he gets back to full fitness.”

“Hopefully we’ll see him within the next few weeks.”

Good news and with Mark at least training again, long term injured players at the club are now Alan Smith and Ignacio Gonzalez, who like Mark, both have long-term Achilles injuries.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • ed_speed

    Nov 14, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #1

    i would like to start the barrack obama debate. on here (

    a simple * for an obama vote,

    and an even simpler (_) for mackain (not the oven chips)


    p.s ‘mon the lads

  • ed_speed

    Nov 14, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #2

    i’ll start the ball rolling.



  • Legs

    Nov 14, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #3

    get in

  • garyfret

    Nov 14, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #4

    shola has done ok but viduka is a far better player so we could do with him having a decent run in the team and if we get him and owen playing regular up front together that would be class

  • mistryman

    Nov 14, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #5


  • Christoon

    Nov 14, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #6


  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 14, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #7

    There is nothing to debate about. The election is over, there is already a winner and a loser(big one).

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 14, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Viduka is our best strker, glad he’s back. It would be great if he could now stay fit.

  • MDS

    Nov 14, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m personally getting tired if Viduka and Owen never being healthy. Would anyone have an interest in going after Podolski in January?

    Apparently, he is unhappy with backing up Luca Toni and Klose. It is being reported here in the states that Landon Donovan, who is now training with Bayern, is being considered to replace Podolski in that role, with Podolski mnoving on to anohter German team or the prem. personnaly, i think he’d be a nice fit with Martins.

    Oh..and Ed Speed, I id vote and it was a *

  • micepie

    Nov 14, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Yee-hah! In spite of a lot of fans saying “get rid” – and totally understandable given the injuries – he’ll still make a mighty difference to us in the right formation.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 14, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Ho’way Viduka!.

  • tripp

    Nov 14, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Would love to see the Duke recapture even last year’s level of fitness. He does a helluva job when he’s fit. Just wish he was fit more often.

  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 14, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Tom Toon as an Australian and someone who has watched Viduka play for a long time on the domestic and international front I have to disagree. No way is Viduka our best striker. Moments of brilliance are no substitute for being consistently good. He’s still got something to offer but like Butt should not have his contract renewed and should be released

  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 14, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #14

    I’d love more Aussie in the team I loved having Craig Moore in the squad. Still not convinced over Lucas Niel as a centre back he is too error prone though very commited. I’d love Timmy Cahill and Scott McDonald.


    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Tom Toon,you say it would be great if he could stay fit???????
    It would be great if he could actually get fit as it must be almost 2years since that happened last.
    Sell him off or just get rid i say,not worth the cash if he can only play 2 games a season

  • Sav

    Nov 15, 2008 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #16

    I get the feeling folks here are harder on Owen than Viduka for struggling harder to get fit in time for internationals. Yet they both could equally be accused of that.
    And i can’t agree with the harsh comment about Butt. Like Taylor and Colo, Butt can’t properly be assessed when inexperienced, newly recovering or just plain poor players line up alongside them. In this situation, any player is liable to look nervy, get caught out of position or run themselves into fatigue errors, as all 3 have this season.

  • MichaelOWaN

    Nov 15, 2008 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #17

    Best piece of news since KK resignation. Hes one of my favourite player, a shame he gets injured everytime, hopefully he will be back soon and will stay in the team for a long time. Go Mark!

  • AO

    Nov 15, 2008 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Vidukas best days are behind him. He is a fat aussie lump just picking up the paycheck.


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