Damien Duff Should Be Fit For Saturday


Damien Duff should be fit for the game at Fratton Park on Saturday, but whether he will start is debatable.

Damien Duff – should be fit for Saturday
Duff suffered his serious foot injury at Fratton Park in April of 2007, during Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat in that game and that injury almost ended his career. It took a second operation on Damien’s foot to get the Irishman right, and he was out for a full eight months.

But he is now back and playing better this season than he’s ever played for Newcastle, but we still don’t believe he should go straight into the starting line up against Portsmouth.

Young Charles N’Zogbia looked very sharp and dangerous on Saturday, and definitely deserves to keep his place on the left wing, and deserves an extended chance in the side. He’s waited patiently for his opportunity.

Kinnear talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today about his fellow Irishman Duff:

“At the time we thought it would be a month out for Damien, but I am expecting him back in training round about Wednesday.”

“Providing he comes through a training session, and does not break down, he should be OK.”  “That is what I am told by the doctor, but we will have to see what the outcome is on Wednesday.

“It is still sad to lose him, but he has done exceptionally well.” “I spoke to him yesterday, and he is pleased it is not as bad as he first thought. That is a big plus for both him and us.”

It’s good to have Damien Duff back again because he will add to the competition for places in the team, and that should bring out better performances from the starting eleven on Saturday.

We certainly need all 3 points from that game, and we can do it – but we need to be at our very best and nothing like we were in the final 45 minutes against Stoke City on Saturday.



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31 comments so far

  • Ganiyu

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Sell him also or keep him as a back up winger

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  • Partizan

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Are we linked with Vargas for a loan move?

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  • BenjiToon

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Duff left, Zog in the middle with Guthrie.

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  • BenjiToon

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Vargas who?

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  • Partizan

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Call me crazy,call me dumbass,call me deluded i dont care
    but i will say one thing which is on my mind and that is……NEWCASTLE WILLLLLLLL QUALIFY FOR EUROPE THIS SEASON.

    MARK MY WORDS GUYS

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  • Partizan

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Vargas from Fiorentina

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #7

    F@ck me Ed……!!!!!!!!!!!!

    After that second half performance on sat how can you say were not too sure if he’ll come back in the team! Who’s place should be secure in the team after a second half performance like that??? Tell me who????

    We were F@cking shit…no fight, no character, no passion, no pride, no-one stood up to be counted! Bullied by a bunch of useless f@cking long ball merchants witha bit of muscle behind them! How big was keano when he played for man utd? Do you think he would have been bullied by the stoke players if he had been playing? Would he F@ck! He would have kicked his way back into that match and would never have let his team go down like that!

    We havent got a leader on the pitch; we havent got a captain who will take the game by the scruff off the neck! Were a soft f@cking touch!
    We look a lost cause…All of you who have slated nicky butt recently…Yes Nicky butt….Look what happens when he isnt in the side and we come under pressure…we fall apart!!!!!

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Partizan…Your a f@cking idiot

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #9

    partizan

    hahahahahhahahahaahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahhahahhahhahahhahahhahahahhahahhahahahahahhahahhahahhhahhhahahahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahh

    surely you cant be talking about newcastle as in the football club i understand newcastle have a good basketball team which may qualify for europe but the football team seriousely

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  • neeraj

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #10
  • Partizan

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Thanks Kevin,i love you too!!

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  • Macas

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Kevin – you’re right about Butt, we sorely mised him against West Brom at home as well, even though we managed to scrape a win. But some players seem to get stick no matter how they play.

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #13

    partizan
    i hope your right

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  • Ganiyu

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #14

    There is a possibility of Newcastle going for uefa cup

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  • neeraj

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #15

    i remember man city getting entry to uefa cup by being the most disciplined side in the league

    whats the yellow card count
    red card count is 1

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  • JonnyNufc

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #16

    People get annoyed with Butt cause he costs us results.

    Hes given away 2/3 pens now this season, along with the free kick sunderland got their winner from. Thats 3 results.

    And regardless, with butt in the team we wouldnt have gotten the 2nd goal anyway. He was in the team against fulham, wigan etc. He aint some angel.

    Butt makes a lot of tackles yes, i read the other day hes made more tackles than any other player in the prem at the moment with 60 or so. He has a winning percentage of about 55%. The next player down had 85%…the rest were closer to that.
    He tries, but he gives away far to much.

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  • JonnyNufc

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #17

    We’re 6th in the disciplinary table right now.
    Fulham are top.
    Tell you what hodgeson has got something special going on in their defensive training.

    Anyway we’d be joint 4th with chelsea if it werent for Beyes unjustified sending off. So we aint to far off the top.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Duff is fit for the bench and thats about it. Zoggy played well against Stoke in the first half and deserves the spot at the minute. Zoggy and Enrique have a better partnership than Duff and Enrique.

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  • neeraj

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #19

    we need to get less no. of cards

    c’mon nufc
    no more bookings…….

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  • Incognito

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #20

    As soon as Duff is fit he’ll be wedged straight into the starting line-up, no doubt about it. I personally think he’s been totally useless and totally undeserving of starting before N’zogbia.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Spyro (18) – Completely agree.

    N’Zogbia will lose his place though because Duff is Irish!

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  • Micky Toon

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #22

    All this talk of signing fantasy players by people on here is borderline ridiculous. What we need are experienced veterans. People with cool heads and strong wills. Someone who will organise the team on the pitch. We need a Tony Adams, Terry Butcher type of player.
    Someone mentioned Roy Keane above, he would be the best type of player to have in the side at the moment. He would tell the players that aren’t pulling their weight to start performing or they would have him to answer to.
    We currently don’t have a natural leader in the team. Butt is the closest we have to that and that’s a sorry state of affairs to be in.
    We are lost on the pitch. When things are going well, we do ok, but as soon as something goes wrong there is no one there who can change things around to get us back on track. They are all looking to the manager for something. Unfortunately they don’t get anything.
    This will get me shot down, but let’s get the poisoned dwarf registered as a player and get him on instead of Nicky Butt. 😮

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  • Andy

    Dec 8, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #23

    All this talk of “lacking a leader on the pitch”… is one thing I’ll never, ever forgive fat sam for – selling Scott Parker.

    yes – I know he wasn’t the fastest player on the pitch but you’d get 110% every game. It just shows the go of the man:

    “According to the Opta stats, barton is better than parker. I’m that good a manager I can rein in barton. I’m brilliant me”

    So – we sell a 110%-er and get in barton.

    Thing is – I reckon given west ham’s predicament – we could get parker back for a couple of mil, and given that he never wanted to leave in the first place….??

    *sigh* It’ll never happen but I can’t help but think he’d be ideal in this predicament.

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  • Macas

    Dec 8, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #24

    N’Zogbia has good pace but a lot of the time he is just a headless chicken. He hasn’t developed the way I hoped he would after he first came on the scene, he has good qualities but is as equally frustrating.

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  • Sav

    Dec 8, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #25

    have to agree, Macas. Zog v Duff is like
    Oba v Owen – less spectacular but a steady, experienced head will get you more results in the long run. Zog has not developed as fast as I’d hoped but like fabregas, sometimes youngsters haver a fallow spell when theire development seems to stagnate.

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  • HeronMag

    Dec 8, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #26

    N’Zogbia’s career will stagnate if we don’t play him.

    I’ve said for years that he’s one of the most gifted young players in the league. I just wish we would sign an attacking central midfielder to take some pressure off Jonas and Zog cos at the moment all of our attacking play comes from the wings or Oba going on one of his headless chicken runs.

    I guarantee if we ever lose N’Zogbia he will go on to be a top class player and a full French International regular. We need to play him, even if it’s in central midfield.

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  • micepie

    Dec 8, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #27

    It’s important to have Duff back because he’ll give us at least a mf option on the bench, and if it’s Zog on the bench then we still have a mf back-up. Or play them both?

    On a more general note, although the Stoke game was extremely frustrating and could have been avoided, I think it’ll help if we still keep some faith. We may well do more than ok against Portsmouth, such is the unpredictability and inconsistency of NUFC and the Prem league. And we’re still only 4 or 5 points from being way higher in the league, like many sides. We’ve got to learn from Saturday – JK has got to learn – but it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom.

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  • hisnameisjonas

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Kevin Nichol // Dec 8, 2008 at 12:49

    We havent got a leader on the pitch; we havent got a captain who will take the game by the scruff off the neck! Were a soft f@cking touch!
    We look a lost cause…All of you who have slated nicky butt recently…Yes Nicky butt….Look what happens when he isnt in the side and we come under pressure…we fall apart!!!!!

    Kevin Nichol // Dec 8, 2008 at 12:49

    seriusley?? nicky butt? he has cost os more goals than any other player this season and pobably last to. All the opposing team needs to do is put 2 players to pressure him and he knocks a backpass or a crossover that they snatch up and break. Its one of our weakest points and he is a holding midfielder so the only players we have left behind the ball are the defenders. Only game we have won by 2 and noth conseded is when joey barton played and he is mutch more important to newcastle atm, butt is a reiability.

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  • Petey

    Dec 8, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #29

    YEY duff should be fit…..

    play nzogbia.

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  • Ian

    Dec 8, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Duff is an excellent left back, he isnt scoring as a midfielder, try and persuade him to play that position, then that is one player we do not need to buy and another we dont need to sell.

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  • IrishMan

    Dec 9, 2008 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #31

    Match is Sunday, not Saturday.

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