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!!