Oba Martins Ready For Everton Game

One player who was surprisingly missing at the Hawthorns on Saturday was Nigerian striker Oba Martins, who was desperate to make his comeback, but was ruled out on Friday, since he had not fully recovered from his hernia operation.


Oba Martins – back for Everton game.

Martins had a hernia operation on January 12th in Munich, Germany performed by renowned lady surgeon Dr Ulrike Muschaweck.

Kinnear talked about why he didn’t risk Oba last Saturday:

“Oba had a fitness test on Friday, but after a long chat we decided there was a big risk factor if he didn’t feel 100% right.”

“So we didn’t risk him. Now he has a little break to get right for Everton.”

“I knew that I didn’t have to take such a big risk with him because Peter Lovenkrands can also play in the same position.”

Kinnear was kept in touch with events at the Hawthorns by his grandson before watching the highlights of the game on Saturday evening. It’s a really good job we were not hammered on Saturday, for the good of Joe’s health.  😀

For the Everton game, Oba will be fit and we’ll have quite a few of our players returning from injury.

In fact the only players who will not be available are Michael Owen, Habib Beye, Joey Barton, Tamas Kadar and Danny Guthie, although Danny has returned to light training following his hamstring  injury.

Ignacio Gonzalex is out until mid-March, with his Achilles injury, but exactly why we still have him on loan is a mystery to us. We can only assume we are tied to him by the loan contract agreement we signed in August, with his Spanish club Valencia.

So this is a good time to have increased competition for places, and the available squad of players we have now, is looking a lot better than it has done over the last two months.

Howay The Lads!!

26 comments so far

  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #1

    2 week break should help us, interested to see how viduka and smith go tommorow(uk tonight)

  • ObaMartins

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Great News

  • Hong Kong Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #3

    add oil Oba Martins …:-)))

  • Wiser_than_wise

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    hahahaha YESSS with this guy in the team we will win against everton no doubt, But iv’e always wonder’d why he gave up inter for newcastle very wierd thats champions league football right there..

    and with newcastle luck i am predicting 1 or 2 injuries to the runup to the everton game and no i dont mean mike ashly and lambarse

  • murphy

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #5

    We’re actually going to have selection problems at this game! Wow.



  • valle

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #6

    murphy… Sorry mate, but a light midfield like that would get killed by Everton…


    Thats what i would like, but Shola will be in attack instead of Oba i guess, with Oba comming on for Løvenkrands in 2nd half.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #7

    thats a good team there murphy but id rather Carroll to Viduka but otherwise id love to see that team start against Everton

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree with you

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Got a good feeling about the Everton game despite their form, recon we are good for a point, maybe more.

    Oba is welcome back, but lovenkrands will probs be dropped with the big man-small man and all that, but he doesn’t deserve to lose his place.

  • will die for the toon army

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #10

    I go with valle…Thats the team that will play that is real pace in the team. With Nolan and Butt sitting alittle behind that will work.

  • jim

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #11

    strange one that edwardo-last week u said owen was back for the everton game did u not? lol- or was it somewhere else forgive me if im wrong-hes a crock anyway he will only play another 3/4 games before hes prone to sumit else-we will be lucky to get another 8 games out of him til he leaves-notice nobody came in for him early in the window tho,even before he was injured again-lol-aye michael missing sitters and keep sitting out missing doesnt help! owen for england-not lol

  • murphy

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Valle – I see what you mean. I guess i’d like lovenkrands as an attacking/creative mid – I think he could do a job in that position.

    We’d need a target man on the field for R.taylor’s crosses, if he’s at right back I’d expect a few neat passes into the box and who better to find than the fat duke!!!

    So we’d basically be playing 4-4-2 but with loven the pace and creative force in the middle, imagine a counter attack with loven and martins?! they’d be a force.

    I think it could work mate.

  • JonnyNufc

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Wasnt this like only our 3rd win out of the last 22 games we’ve played with Oba out injured. Maybe we’ve finally found a bit of a replacement in lovenkrands, his pace and quick reflexes looked very handy indeed.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Murphy – It wont work mate, it would get overrun, especailly against a physically strong team like Everon. You have 2 lightweight wingers in the midfield 3, that is suicide.

  • RyanToon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #15

    oba you legend

  • RyanToon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #16

    blimey, its amazing how me typing od instead of do can offend someone, just to stop this, obamartins im SORRY! there!

  • joe

    Feb 9, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #17

    I dont really think playing lovenkrands in a central midfield position is really a good idea. Especially if u play him alongside nolan, who is also likely to push up. That would be serious suicide for us.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Death by tactics.

  • miloflembo

    Feb 9, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Im thinking Krul number 1…..

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Not gonna happen, give him all the cup games next season and a few prem games.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 9, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Ennit nice to be discussing team options? Seems it’s been months since the team’s picked itself through dire necessity…

    Suddenly we’ve got dozens of promising possibilities for the midfield and attack. I’d love to see how Lovenkrands and Oba get on, and I think Steve Taylor’s made a good point today about his understanding with Ryan Taylor from their England U21 games. It worked at WBA…

    I know we’re no longer short of attacking midfielders, but I’d still like to see Lua Lua get a run-out if we’re 2 goals up. I think he’ll cause real problems for the opposition.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #22


  • Wigaz

    Feb 9, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #23

    With Oba back in the side we’re much more threatning. I would like to see McLoven & Oba up top. Jagelika & Lescott will have it all day if we hump it up to shola. Mind you duke & Oba would be good pairing with Oba’s pace & Dukes strength & touch I reckon we could pull of a result. I think we’ll get a free kick or 2 like, step up ryan T! 1st goal for the toon at sjp.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #24

    If we want free kicks around the box we have to play Ameobi.

  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 9, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Excellent news……….we’ve missed him!

  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 9, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Fight fire with fire.


    Taylor Colo Bassong Enrique

    ******Taylor Butt Nolan***********



    Jonas off the bench as the spark!


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