Australian striker Mark Viduka, who has started just a single game for Newcastle this season, is determined to stay fit and play his part for Newcastle United during the last 12 games of the season.
Mark Viduka – just one start for Newcastle this season
The 33-year-old is now threatening to be almost fully fit again, after a couple of injuries have kept him out most of the last 8 months, and he’s appeared just 5 times this season.
Mark did return to action during the 3-2 win at West Brom as a substitute, but was not used last Sunday in the 0-0 draw against Everton.
Viduka now vows to stay away from the injury room at Newcastle between now and the end of the season – we’ll see.
Mark said today:
“It was beautiful to get back on the pitch at West Brom,” “When you spend so much time with the physios it’s good to come on and finally get that ‘air time’.”
“It’s very frustrating to be injured and when you get a little bit older these things tend to take longer to recover from and also things start to affect you more.”
“But I just want to play and give my contribution.” “I think I still have a lot to offer to the team and I would like to be involved as much as possible – and stay fit.”
“The West Brom win really gave us a bit of confidence and we were happy to get the draw against Everton.”
Newcastle have a mini-run going with two draws and a win in their least 3 games, and it will be hugely important to get some result at Bolton on Sunday.
It would be good to see Mark return for that game, whether as a starter for Ameobi, or be brought on as a substitute, because there could still be goals for the Australian, and he seems to want to help the club in his final months on Tyneside.
“If we can get on a good run, win two or three games and get some confidence back we will be looking up the table rather than down.”
As we keep pointing out, like a broken record, Mark has hardly earned his £60K a week wages at Newcastle, but maybe it would be a good move to start Mark this Sunday at Bolton.
He’s a good player, and has real class, and could do a job for Newcastle, because there’s no doubt he can plant the ball in the back of the net, and surely he would combine well with Oba Martins, who is also back in the side.
We’ve criticized Mark a lot over the last 18 months, because of his injury record on Tyneside, but he seems one stellar guy.