Oba Martins looked in a little pain after he scored Newcastle’s second goal on Sunday, and of course he didn’t do his customary somersault, which is always worrying. 😀
Oba Martins – injured his groin scoring on Sunday
It turns out that Oba has pulled his groin, and the club doesn’t know exactly the extent of the injury yet.
Coach Chris Hughton said today:
“Oba felt his groin go after scoring on Sunday and he was in for treatment yesterday.”
“All we can do is to assess the injury as the week goes on and we should know more in the next couple of days as to the extent of the problem.”
“Obviously, with the holiday period coming up, we want all our players fit and on this score we are as healthy as we have been all season.”
“Apart from Oba, we have no other short-term injuries, and this was seen by the strength of our bench at Portsmouth on Sunday.”
“In fact, Shola Ameobi came off the bench to replace Oba and set up our third goal for Danny Guthrie and this is the sort of thing we want.”
If Oba cannot play on Sunday, we have plenty of strikers in reserve, including Mark Viduka, Shola Ameobi, Xisco and Andrew Carroll, so there will be tremendous competition between these, if indeed Oba cannot make the Tottenham game,
We would think Viduka would get a start, but Joe may plump for Ameobi, just because he’s fitter at the moment, and he looked good when he came on last Sunday.
Striker is an area of the club where we are very strong, so Oba shouldn’t be missed too much.