Newcastle have confirmed that striker Obafemi Martins will undergo a hernia operation in Germany on Monday.
Oba Martins – will be fine after operation
When we heard yesterday that Oba was to possibly have an operation on Thursday we wrote the article If Martins Needs Hernia Operation Send Him to Munich, and thankfully that’s where he’s going.
The 24-year-old Nigerian will be operated on by the world famous specialist Dr Ulrike Muschaweck, but not until Monday, and she will hope to have Oba back in action in just a couple of weeks.
Martins has also diplomatically moved to distance himself from criticism of the club’s medical staff by his representative, but the facts are why did the team take over 3 weeks to realize he needed an operation, and how come he’s not being operated on tomorrow?
Oba should have been sent over to Germany immediately, so that Dr. Mashwereck could do an examination, and if she felt he needed an operation she could have done it there and then.
And of course Martins would be playing by now, so we understand that Oba may not want to criticize the medical staff, but the facts are there as to why it took them so long to realize he needed surgery.
“I wish to make it perfectly clear that I have never criticized the medical team at Newcastle United, who all do an excellent job for the club.”
“All I am concentrating on is getting fit again as soon as possible so I can be back playing and helping the team.”
As we pointed out yesterday Dr Muschaweck has previously operated upon former Newcastle skipper Alan Shearer and current players Michael Owen, Shay Given and Steve Harper among others in recent years.
Martins is one of eight players on the injury list as Joe Kinnear’s squad is stretched to its limits. This is hardly an unusual occurrence at the club with Souness and Roeder also having huge injury problems during their reigns as manager at the club.
But in the end, we are very pleased that Oba will be going to Germany, because the hernia will hardly be a problem for him in his football future, that’s almost a certainty.
But we’ll wait to hear how the operation goes itself, from Dr. Muschaweck, but we’re disappointed we have to wait another 5 days for that to happen.
Yesterday’s reports said Martins had been booked into a clinic tomorrow. so we don’t understand that either.