We thought this yesterday – that if Oba Martins needs a hernia operation how come we only know that over 3 weeks after Oba sustained the injury?
Oba Martins – out for 3.5 weeks and only now needs operation?
And Martins’ agent, Dapo Kujore, today has criticized the Newcastle medical staff as being woeful.
Dapo Kujore has claimed his client would be fit already if Newcastle’s medical staff had identified his hernia injury earlier:
“The Newcastle medical staff are woeful,” “Oba has been having this problem on and off and they failed to spot it.”
“It was only when he went to Italy that the correct diagnosis was made, and he will have the operation this week.”
“Look at the entire team.” (Mark) Viduka is injured, Alan Smith is injured, Nicky Butt is injured, and so many players.”
” Even when (Alan) Shearer was playing, how many times did he end up on the treatment table?”
There is something wrong somewhere, with the fact Newcastle are nearly always worse off with injuries than other Premier League teams.
It was a huge problem when both Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder were managing the club and now Joe Kinnear has had similar problems in his short time managing the club.
And it doesn’t help either that our squad is so small. Aston Villa have a small squad, but have had few injuries this season and are now 4th top of the league.
It’s something the club should look into – and we’ve been saying this for years – but nothing seems to be done, although Souness made an attempt to get to the bottom of the problem back in 2005.
There’s got to be some reason somewhere why we continue to have more injuries than any other club – and that’s the case almost every season.