Oba Martins Has Injured Groin

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.
Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Matty

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Shouldn’t be missed very much? You’ve got to be kidding me. Sorry, but I can’t see Xisco and Shola taking up the reigns for Oba, and Viduka is not fully match fit. The only hope is that it’s not as serious as it could be. After all, he stayed on for another ten minutes when he was obviously in pain. He would have been straight off if it was really bad……….I hope.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Makes a change for us to have plenty of back up. If he is touch and go for Sunday I would sooner he was rested and then fit for Liverpool on the 28th.

    Spuds look like they have a few injuries for the weekend so things are looking good !

    Ho’way the lads ! 😀

  • bowburnmag

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Could do with having Oba as he’s looking bubbly but when confidence is up and you’re in a vein of form, average players become good players. Ameobi could come in and do a job. I was more impressed by him getting off his lazy behind and chasing the ball into the corner and winning it than his ball for Guthrie against Pompey. Great stuff. Get the Duke on for half an hour and everyones a winner.

  • bruTOOOON

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    we won because of oba.

    we create chances because of oba

    we win all because of oba

    we choose no 9 because its oba

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Duke and Owen up front..Duke will Boss them around no sweat.

  • Fergie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #6

    He will be sorely missed against Spurs if he doesn’t make it. He has scored 4 times in 4 league games against them, so lets hope he makes that 6 in 5. Tottenhams shaky defence can’t handle his pace and trickery, so I really hope he is fit. He actually pulled up a few minutes before he scored, so it can’t be too bad, as he wasn’t too affected by it when jose slipped him through. Was good to see him do a little dance though, I doubt Fratton Park is wide enough (or flat enough) for his somersaults…

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #7

    We need pace upfront and without Oba we have no pace upfront.

  • Thelongshanks

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Martins is irreplaceable and when he is playing the oppositions defence has to drop deep as he is one of fastest in premiership.If u play viduka the defence will push up and stoke will happen all over again.Even when he hasnt got the ball he is a threat.

    If we HAVE to replace him it wud have be ameobi.He is most fit and gets newcastle free kicks.I cant see Viduka staying after the summer especially on 80K a week(crazy money).No harm having ranger on the bench,cant wait to see this guy play. 🙂

  • Howay50

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Time for the Duke and Xisco to step up to the plate. We are still going to crush Spurs. Toon is now on the up!

  • Howay50

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Looking on the brightside if Obi-one has a rest he will be fit to slot a couple in against Liverpool.

    What’s the latest on that totally useless (unt Alan Smith, anyone know?

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Of course he will be bloo*y missed, he has been great in his last few games. I think the substitution last game out may have geed him up a bit though. I still think we are a bit short of real class in in the striking dept. after Oba and Owen and really need to sign someone like Cisse. There are loads of options that could be available but MA may have to stick his hands a bit deeper into his pockets to get someone.

  • dan

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #12

    No worries.
    Owen and Viduka will destroy spuds.

  • Ross

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #13

    “Striker is an area of the club where we are very strong, so Oba shouldn’t be missed too much.”

    sorry Ed, cant agree at all. Oba is our bright spark up front, our threatening pace, he creates chances out of nothing, eg that complete whirler that belted the post against pompey. By the time James realised he’d shot it had already hit the post and bounced back into play.
    Hope Viduka is ready to go.

  • Tore Torell

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Terrible if Martins is out, he’s our only striker who can create chances on his own.

    Owen – Viduka/Shola wouldn’t scare too many defences I’m afraid.

  • fostino

    Dec 16, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #15

    if oba’s out, this is the time to stick viduka in, on his day, he is a class act.


    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #16

    all we are saying…is give xisco a chance

  • Irish_Toon9

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Off topic did anyone see Sir Les on football matters lastnite? he said he lost all faith in Keegan when he signed shearer…said he couldnt believe him anymore

  • Bucks_mag

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Irish Toon9 – Yes I saw that as well. Pretty shocked.

  • Irish_Toon9

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Yeah same as that…didnt think that was the case but obviously not..its prob the worst thing ive heard from an ex player under keegan at newcastle and one player i didnt expect it from was ferdinand

  • Whumpie

    Dec 16, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Tore Torell – “Owen – Viduka/Shola wouldn’t scare too many defences”? Really? I think you’re off the mark there. Those two may lack speed, but they’re the cleverest holder-up of the ball and the cleverest poacher in the league.

    They’ll scare any back four in my opinion.

    Thelongshanks makes a good point, though – it may be a good opportunity to see how Ranger reacts to 1st team pressure if we need some pace.


    Dec 16, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Hee will be sorely missed,hop he is back soon.

    Good job we didn`t buy WOODY as he is injured again…..
    We might get lucky against them seeing they are missing a few but LENNON will be a serious danger for us as our Left side is poor defensively

  • Nick 69

    Dec 16, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #22

    we are not very strong upfront at all, just because we have a lot of strikers in the squad doesnt make it a strong area, we have 2 top class forwards and one very good forward who is injured 90% of the time, its funny how everyone slated ameobi callin him sh*t until he has a couple of good games then all of a sudden we are really strong upfront cos we have shola etc in reserve and people were saying theyd carry him to stoke or west brom or wherever in august yet now a lot of those people want him on a new contract, haha fickle or what!!!

  • nightfall

    Dec 16, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #23

    damn..i just hope viduka won’t replace martins..what can we do up front with 2 slow strikers? i mean…we’re not that strong in midfield we’d be comfortable with that attack..play shola, xisco or ranger ahead of mark! and sell viduka who cost us way more then he delivers!

  • One Foot Wonders F.C.

    Dec 16, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Would love to see Xisco get a chance if he is fully fit again. Now that the dust has settled and the mood surrounding his transfer has died down a bit maybe he can show us what he can do.

    Let him settle in this season with a few games and if Owen goes at the end of, along with Duke’s and Smith. Hopefully by the start of next season we see a Martins,New 5m-10m striker,Xisco, Ameobi and Ranger.

    All Xisco needs is a goal in his next game and he is a 1 in 2 striker!

  • Sav

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #25

    About the Sir Les comment: surely he’s being a bit naive and touchy to come out with that now. I think Ferdinand is great and a gent, but all managers tell some porkies to their players ‘you’re doing great, son’, ‘their centrehalf is a pussy,’ ‘of course you are my no,9’ etc. Nobody tells a player ‘I’m putting you on the transfer-list next chance I get’. Keegan gave Les a share in the best team of his career and it wasn’t KK who flogged him to Spurs.


You must log in to post a comment.