Mark Viduka was delighted to get back playing for the first team on Saturday, and he looked more than useful when he came on for Oba in the last 25 minutes on Saturday against his old club, Middlesbrough.
Mark Viduka – 80% fit right now
Mark talked to the Newcastle journal this morning:
“It was great to be back and it was nice to get on. The last six months have been really difficult and tough but I feel I have a lot to offer the team,”
“When I got injured last season things were going really well. That run of games last season was the best I felt all season and I think I need another run of games now to rediscover that form.
“It’s a busy time for us during December but hopefully I can play as much as possible and start scoring and creating goals again, because that’s my job.”
“I’d like to think I was 80% fit. I know that I have got to get some games – there has been almost half of the season gone now and most of the boys have been playing week in, week out so there’s a while to go before I can get to that level,”
“I’d love to rediscover last season’s form – as a team we need to get our confidence back. The most difficult part of being out has been not being able to help out the team when they needed it.”
Mark misses far too many games with injury, and it’s going to be interesting to see if Newcastle take up their third year option on Mark. We believe he signed a two year contract with an option for another year, but he’s not appeared 30 times yet for the club since he was signed as a free agent, by Big Sam a year last summer, because of all the injuries he’s had.
And it will not help if he continues to want to play for Australia in their world cup qualifying games, which always means he has to travel such long distances. However, when he is fit, there’s no doubt he’s an excellent player, as he showed us all on Saturday. With any luck he could have got us a late winner, when his shot was blocked.
It would be great if Mark is available now for every game through the end of the season.
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