Viduka Mentally Ready To Make Come Back

Newcastle Assistant manager Chris Hughton talked to the media yesterday, because it turns out interim manager Joe Kinnear was off on a scouting mission, presumably preparing for the January transfer window, in case he is still here at that time.

Mark Viduka – getting back to full fitness

It’s good that at least somebody is looking out for the club these days.

Chris said:

“Mark’s return is the good news, Steven Taylor not making the Wigan game is the minus,” “We have to gauge how much he can do, but he’s on the way.” “He hasn’t done any pre-season and he’s been out a long time. The injury he had is in a very delicate area, but his rehabilitation has gone well and he hasn’t broken down.”

“We’ve got to make sure the volume of work he does is manageable but the aim now is to make sure he keeps increasing that volume in the weeks to come.” “I think he’s happy in himself now. He went over to Australia to seek a second opinion and I think mentally he is right, very much so. I think with all injuries the fear is there – are you going to break down in your rehab?”

“In that period when you are getting stronger you are worried that something is going to go again, but Mark has got through that and he has been able to increase his workload gradually.” “It’s a big lift to see him out on that training pitch again, but we are going to have to be patient. We don’t want to put a timescale on it at the moment, but hopefully he will be back in the first team in a matter of weeks.”

It is a big lift for the club, because there’s no doubt Mark is a very good player, when he’s fit, and we welcome all our injured players back, with our squad being so very small right now.

We hope Mark can be knocking on the door in a couple of weeks, and we hear a lot of this was psychological with Mark, and that he was worried in case his career could be over.

That in itself should inspire him to great things when he gets back.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • DanToon

    Nov 15, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Is Viduka in the squad today like??? First!

  • Mat.SA.88

    Nov 15, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    He is still 3-4 weeks from makin the bench

  • Att Fashley

    Nov 15, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Ashley Out!!!!!

  • DanToon

    Nov 15, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Oh a matter of weeks, that mean’s April then for him!!

  • AO

    Nov 15, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    he might be mentally ready but he is too fat and unfit for prem football.

  • Robz

    Nov 15, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #6

    This is great news! Viduka in, Shola out! Would be a massive boost!

  • fredydownunder

    Nov 15, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    still handy on his day

  • Keith

    Nov 15, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    be good to have him back as we need numvers but i think he should be let go when his contract, way too much money been paid for him each week, wonder what players jfk was scouting

  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 15, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #9

    AO he’s earnt more money than you ever will


    Nov 15, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Did AO not get all the hints yesterday to please leave this blog to fans of football?
    Go play with your Wii ya twat

  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 15, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #11

    He may be large but theres no doubt he is a class player. Despite how good Shola has been the front three of Owen Martins and Viduka were irresistable under KK last season and cant wait to see thhem all out again.

    We have a good midfield who will get alot of possession, so it is good to have viduka who we can pass to in and around the penalty box and we usually provide a pass or a shot.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 15, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #12

    ausgeordie-yes he has earnt more than AO ever will, but he still needs to stay away from those pies!

  • Sav

    Nov 15, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #13

    What was the Duke doing in Oz all this time. he hasn’t had an operation has he? Is the only Achilles expert in the world in Oz?
    I don’t understand the flak Owen gets for saying nowt, wanting to play for his country, being injured and getting paid stacks when the exact same could apply to the Duke and there’s not a word. Of the two, Owen could realistically have another 4 years left while Viduka is kaput, so there’s no comparison which we want to keep.


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