Damien Duff Back For Hull City Game

Damien Duff has now lost his race to be fit in time for the visit of Manchester United tomorrow night.


Damien Duff – misses game tomorrow night

The 30-year-old missed Sunday’s game at Bolton after picking up a calf injury during the first-half of the goalless draw with Everton at St.James’ Park last month, which is why he was replaced at half time by Jonas Gutierrez.

And coach Chris Hughton told nufcTV on Tuesday morning that the next league game, which is the all important game at Hull City on March 14 is now the target for the Irish winger.

A defeat in that game and we’ll be in really big trouble, that’s for sure

Chris Hughton said today:

“Damien will be not be fit in time for Man United,” “But we should have him back for the game at Hull in 12 days time.”

We should also do some investigations at the club, into why we always have so many injuries each season, much more than any other club in the Premier League

To be without 5 central midfield players tomorrow night, the engine room of the team, for the visit of the reigning European and World Club Champions, seems a little daunting, to say the least.

Especially when we need the points.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Mar 3, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    good news, we need more people in the team

    btw. anyone here completed hotel626? its a freaking scary game

  • Premiership Manager

    Mar 3, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Despite critisism off some fans Duff is being sadly missed.

    The coaching and fitness regime should have been looked at a long time ago.

    Personally I’d have a clear out of the back room staff in the summer as there is something fundamentally wrong with the amount of injuries.

    I’d also bring in a replacement manager and move JK upstairs. With his medical history he is a liability and a further tragedy at the club would set us back another two years.

    The board should bring a replacement in now and not sit on it like everything else, when all the warning signs are there for everybody to see.

    They often say the blind lead the blind but that doesn;t stop them being deaf or listening to common sense for a change.

    Take note and do something about it before it’s too late

  • Spitfire

    Mar 3, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #3

    We need a proper manager now – TODAY. Forget JFK -its not right or proper to expect anything from him now, its not right to expect his family to live on their nerves evrey day of their lives . The NUFC the job will surely kill him as sure as eggs is eggs. Get someone in NOW. Hughton and Calderwood can’t save us.Throw some money at somebody NOW at least till the end of the season

  • Premiership Manager

    Mar 3, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Infact here’s some common sense:

    Without a manager we are in trouble. That is a fact.

    The club are going to have to pay Kevin Keegan X-amount of money in compensation for breach of contract.

    Keegan still wants to manage the club.

    So why don’t the board use their brains and apply some business sense and make a statement stating they realise the errror of their ways and they are willing to pay Keegan for loss of earnings and give him full control as requested if he returns to the club under the terms of his original contract.

    The club would have nothing to lose as they will have to pay Keegan anyway. It would resolve the management issues and although the board may lose face it would be seen as a shrewd move compared to going down.

    It’s a win win situation . Keegan could turn it down, however the club could then claim that he was being unreasonable and refuse to pay compensation. Keegan would also lose face.

    It might not go down well with some fans but it’s a very viable business option and wouold be seen as a very shrewd move by the board and MA

  • Prince Bassong

    Mar 3, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t think the staff are the immediate problem, it’s our style of play that causes our fitness problems. I was watching a match in the past week and the commentator said that he was told how tired limbs only last about 15 minutes before being susceptible to injury.

    Now since Sir Bobby left we have become a team full of battlers, getting into great physical exchanges with most teams and the others we spend 90 minutes desperately chasing the ball around the pitch. Combine that lot and it’s plain to see why our players literally are kicked off the park.

    So what we need is a manager and some coaches who’ll change our current style to a more economic form, so that we control games, we pull teams all over the pitch and we become much harder to beat as a result.

    For instance we have 3 good hard-running CMs in Nolan, Barton and Guthrie. Now instead of having whichever pairing plays trying to close everything down all the time, one should sit and the other buzzes about and then they switch roles.

    Jonas too will be more effective as he wouldn’t have to track back every few seconds with attacks constantly breaking down.

    And what’s more, the players must retain faith in the system. This is what Martinez has done at Swansea and what makes him such a good prospect of a manager and exactly the sort we should be looking at.

    If we don’t do this then we’ll be repeating ourselves this time next year.

  • Spitfire

    Mar 3, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Prem Manager

    Good call. Far too sensible for our board to adopt though. Could even be a ‘trial return’ till the end of the season to see how it goes.

  • hitman

    Mar 3, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #7

    ashley is to pig faced,he would rather this club went down than lose face.

  • Sav

    Mar 3, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Am I missing something here?
    Why on earth would Keegan come back when the club has exactly the same structure, in fact the exact same personnel, as when he walked out in what he is arguing is constructive dismissal?
    Surely to come back in now would deny his case at a stroke?
    Plus he’s on a hiding to nothing with the state we are in and the time we have left. The messiah is fresh out of miracles.
    Lose face if he turned it down? I don’t think so.

  • workyticket

    Mar 3, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Premiership Manager // Mar 3, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    “The club are going to have to pay Kevin Keegan X-amount of money in compensation for breach of contract.

    Keegan still wants to manage the club.”

    Premiership Manager, that was a meaningless piece of guff in the Daily Star. The club’s action against Keegan, and Keegan’s action against the club will go on for a while yet.

  • Premiership Manager

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    In business you sometimes have to compromise and occasioanlly you have to review the way you work and re-structure.

    If the club asked Keegan to come back under the original terms of his contract, gave him the control hes asked for and compensated him for his lack of earnings since the dispute, what would they lose.


    If they ask and Keegan accepts the terms what will they gain.

    The answer is 6-8 million which they can add to the supposed 10 million available + there’s a very good chance that Keegan would keep us up.

    On the other hand they can pay Keegan the 6-8 million, have no transfer funds and get relegated.

    Keegan has always maintained he would come back tomorrow if he had control of the players and transfers.

    What has the club got to lose – Credibility – No it can’t be that because we haven’t got any.

  • Premiership Manager

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #11

    I forgot to add.

    If we go down there’d be a fire sale and we’ll lose Barton, Jonas, Colo, Bassong, Guthrie, Enrique, Martins (all require 1st team football to qualify for national team), and possibly Nolan.

    Without these players it is very unlikely that we’d come straight back up again.

    It doesn’t bear thinking about, however it is a very distinct possibility

  • Brutooon

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #12

    we battle for relegation every season thats why our players keep on injured.

  • workyticket

    Mar 3, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Premiership Manager, you are speculating on the basis of something that simply isn’t true. As I’ve mentioned already, it was just a silly, made up story in the Daily Star.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 3, 2009 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Premiership Manager – I’m pretty sure Guthrie would stay and most probably Enrique too.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 3, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #15


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