Mark Viduka has come out today and talked about his six months out with his Achilles injury, but says Geordie fans have given him unbelievable support during that time.
Mark Viduka – so glad to be back
Viduka told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“There was a chance I could have had an operation, but I didn’t want that because I could have been out for nine months and I don’t need that at this stage of my career.”“I didn’t expect to be out for six months, though, when it first happened. To be honest, I was playing with the injury for a while and it just got worse and worse.”
“I thought I could try to get through to the end of the season.” “But it got worse and worse.” “I’d love to stay fit until the end of the season.” “Achilles injuries are complex things.” “If I can get myself to playing week-in, week-out playing without getting a reaction that would be great.”
“Then I just want to get back to the business of scoring goals.” “It’s great to be back and just nice to get on.” “It could have gone either way and it was an end to end game.” “There was a lot of passion in it and it was a very quick game.”
“One goal could have won it and that is how derby games are normally settled.” “The last few occasions the teams have met have been really close.” “I think this one was similar.” “For my chance late on the ball came in from Jonas Gutierrez and I went to volley it in.”
“I think in the end I stopped and lost my momentum and it wasn’t the best of chances.” “It’s very important that we kept another clean sheet.” “We were always a threat going forward and we have to work just hard to keep teams out as we do to score.”
“It was nice to hear our fans getting behind me. I can understand the Boro fans getting a bit upset.” “But the Geordie fans to me are unbelievable.” “During this time that I have been out people have been so supportive of me.” “
And I’d like to thank them.”
We’ve been told mark has looked great in training and he looked good in the 25 minutes he was on last Saturday, and with a little luck could have hit an unlikely winner late in the game.
But Joe now has 3 top class strikers available for just two places if he continues to play 4-4-2.
We wonder if he’ll try a 4-3-3 formation against Stoke City on Saturday, although that may impact the defensive formation, which has been so solid these last two games.
We’ll see what Joe does on Saturday, but that is a must win game.
What do you thin? Comments welcome.