Some good news today about a player we had almost forgotten about, Mark Viduka, who seems ready to go at his old club Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Mark Viduka – likely to return to bench on Saturday
It seems that Mark has not been affected by his Achilles injury since returning to training and he is ready to play some part when Newcastle travel to The Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
When Mark came back in the team under Kevin Keegan, and Kevin went with the 4-3-3 formation is when Newcastle went on a more than decent run of form, after initially going 10 games without a win.
So it may be a good omen that mark is almost ready to play again for the club.
Joe Kinnear talked about mark today:
“He’s not far off it, I can tell you. Obviously he hasn’t had games but you might find that he’s on the bench on Saturday,”
“What we decided to do with Mark was to ask him to try and come back into training. We didn’t want to hurry him up because we don’t want to risk him breaking down again but if he felt like he could come back into the sessions then we were happy for him to do that.”
“It was a matter of bringing him back gradually and seeing what he could manage but he’s surprised us all. He’s got better and better as the days have gone on and some of the things he’s been doing have been excellent. We’ll see how he goes now but there is a chance of him being involved.”
“He’s a good personality and another one of the leaders that I’ve got in the squad,” “He’s a terrific player to have back in and around the team.”
Mark will be like a new player for Joe, who has had more than bad luck with injuries, but has never complained – he’s just got on with the job, which is one of Joe’s great qualities.
And it appears that Joe will wait before the end of the week before deciding on the fitness of defender Steven Taylor, who has been out for the last 3 games, in which we’ve picked up just 3 points.
If Steven is fit don’t be surprised if Joe uses him at left-back, in place of Enrique, and keeps the central pairing of Bassong and Coloccini together, who played so magnificently at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
That’s the very least they deserve.
Finally, former Liverpool player and pundit Stan Collymore was at the game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and said it was the best defensive display he’s seen all season.
Stan of course was the player who scored the last minute winner in 1996 that had Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-3 in what is still regarded as the best ever game ever to be played in the Premier league.
Oh, the memories. 😀