Viduka To Spend Another Lengthy Spell On Sidelines

Mark Viduka took some stick from Newcastle fans on Friday when Viduka pulled out of a challenge – and then simply walked off the field.


Viduka – torn groin muscle means more time on the sidelines

The Aussie striker, who has just returned from being out six months with an Achilles injury, was taunted by chants of “You’re not fit to wear the shirt.” by the Newcastle faithful.

But Mark Viduka rolled down his track-suit bottoms and said:

” I tried to sprint and I felt a zap in my abductor muscle. Look at it, I’ve had to have it bandaged.”

“I’m out of the Liverpool game on Sunday. It doesn’t matter to me what the fans chanted.”

“To me they are still the best fans in the world. You will have to ask them why they did that because I’ve got no idea.”

His torn groin muscle will mean another lengthy spell on the sidelines, and it’s now almost certain that Newcastle will not pick up the 3rd year option on Mark’s contract, simply because he is always out injured.

The wages he gets at Newcastle exceed £60K/week, since he was signed as a free agent from Middlesbrough 18 months ago, but that’s money down the drain, as Mark has been continually on the sidelines through injury, and is hardly earning his wages.

We’re sure Mark would love to play one more year and finish playing for Australia at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but that may not be possible, since his body seems unable to hold up to the rigors of top class football.

And of course we’re sure Mark is as frustrated as anybody, but if your body cannot stand up to playing football, that’s a time to seriously think about retiring, even if you want to continue playing.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • ru ennis

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Buying him is like a marriage in Las Vegas “seemed like a great idea at the time”

  • Partizan

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Just sell this glassman in January and bring some Eastern European’s……Stronger,Better,Cheaper.

    Pandev earns 4 times less than Viduka but at the same time he’s 4 times better than this sh*tface.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #3

    howay the lads we can get something from this game

    i heard st james’ park is cursed and the only way to break the curse is to think positive thoughts

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Hero one week zero the next, poor bugg*r. We are more demanding the the Milanese at the La Scala and less knowledgeable.

  • azim

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    who wanted to extend his contract??

  • Ericles

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Viduka is another professional sick-note. Time we got rid. In the circumstances of today’s game how about giving Lua Lua and Ranger an outing?

  • Daniel

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Viduka has to go. Nobody can deny he’s a good player, but he never plays.

  • Partizan

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8

    “To me they are still the best fans in the world. You will have to ask them why they did that because I’ve got no idea.”

    Please fatboy……don’t insult our inteligence,don’t make it worse than its actually is.Take your last paychecks and get the hell out of our club. BASUUUUURAAA!!!!

  • Rich Y

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    toon is NOT up for sale….

    breaking news!

  • Antti

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    60k a week, what a waste!

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Partizan-i dont think there’s much wrong with what he said?. he said he still thinks we’re fantastic fans, cant understand why we were singing at him..and neither can i if im honest.
    Yes he’s injured again, yes its annoying, yes we’re angry about it. But to start telling him he’s not fit to wear the shirt, i think was a little off.

  • Partizan

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Ross…..Don’t be too sentimental mate,cos he couldn’t give a flying f..k if he ever plays in that shirt.

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Injured again and at £60K/week we’ll never off load him in January.

    A very good player “when” available but don’t expect him being a Newcastle player next season….

  • oga

    Dec 28, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Thank god your starting to realise how much of a wasteman this guy is.

    We need Gudjohnsen!

  • kenny g

    Dec 28, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #15

    sounds to me like it was just some banter.. i.e he never is fit, so therefore doesn’t ware the shirt.

    we need some players stat!! or come easter we’re gonna be deep into relegation

  • DAVCON22

    Dec 28, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Cant believe this bloke gets 60 grand of “Toon “money every week.
    Makes my p**s boil,sooner we get rid the better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • StevieA

    Dec 28, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Quality player when fit. It’s just a shame you are coming to the end of your career Mark. Plus of course you are hardly fit!

    I just can’t see you getting the contract extension that you want, if you played more games you might have had a chance. Reading between the lines Kinnear seems to play down talk of Viduka staying so I can’t see it happening. He is obviously not in Joes long term plans.


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