LuaLua On Loan to Doncaster – Is Damien Duff Injured?

Two bits of rather odd news are being reported on two Newcastle players this afternoon.


Kazenga LuaLua – on loan to Doncaster for a month

First of all Newcastle United’s 18 year old promising winger Kazenga LuaLua, has today joined Doncaster Rovers on a month’s loan spell. This will give the lad some first team experience, but we had thought Newcastle could have used him in the first team, during the last eight games of the season, but apparently not.

The 18-year-old, who has talent galore, and is the younger brother of Lomana Lua Lua, who also played at Newcastle, has appeared 5 times for the Newcastle first team, and has never looked out of place.

Kazenga made his debut in January, 2008 against Bolton, and a good future is forecast for the Democratic Republic of Congo youngster.

Doncaster are currently in 15th place in the Championship, with 49 points from their 41 games, and don’t appear to have any relegation worries.

And mysteriously, the Irish Times is reporting today that Newcastle’s Damien Duff has left the Irish squad in Dublin, and arrived in London. But we have no news on whether he has been injured, just that he did not train today, and was put on a flight to England.

The FAI declined to comment this afternoon on Duff’s availability for Saturday night’s World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria at Croft Park, and in addition to Duff now being doubtful, it turns out that Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has not trained all week, because of a slight shoulder problem.

The very last thing Newcastle need is to have players return injured from International duty.

Comments welcome.

78 comments so far

  • shearerbliss

    Mar 26, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Gives the lad good first team experinces. You dont want to put youth in this team at the moment! Hopefully in a months time he could slot in the first team to give us a push at the end of April!

  • SpartanChris

    Mar 26, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #2

    He’ll get used to playing in the Championship which will be useful for us next season.

  • waddler

    Mar 26, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #3

    spot on spartanchris but we should not look at this negatively, we will be building with young players in the championship next year and building and building until we have a team fit to grace the premiership, not just make up the numbers.

  • Nick D

    Mar 26, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s exactly that attitude that never sees them get a start for the first team. Tomorrow never comes.

    We are desperate for some pace and creativity and for someone who can do a little out of the ordinary.

    Age is irrelevant. Lua is one of the few guys who could have made a desperately needed impact along with Ranger.

    But no, we’ll plough on with Smith and Butt and Geremi and just wait for the inevitable because Hughton has the same negative safety first mindset as Kinnear, both are clueless and gutless to go for wins home or away.

  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #5

    damien duff. injured! breaking news

    hamstring injury! ffs

  • bennit3b

    Mar 26, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Nick D – What you talking about mate, total gunhoo against man u and arsenal just didnt have the quality or luck to do score

  • bennit3b

    Mar 26, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Nick D – What you talking about mate, total gunhoo against man u and arsenal just didnt have the quality or luck to score

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Lualua, as much as I want him to play for us at the moment, it aint gonna happen and he needs the first team football, so loaning him to Donny is a good move.

    As for Duff. Who cares? Back to his perma-crock ways then, happy to sit there and collect his 80k a week. Cant wait til he leaves, same with Owen and a few others.

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 26, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #9
  • Big Dave

    Mar 26, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Duff is out with a hamstring injury

  • Davy Craig

    Mar 26, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Duff has torn his hamstring so with Lua Lua gone we have no attacking creative midfielders left at all.

    Hopefully Viduka will be fit so we can play him with Owen and Martins as we did last year. You can say what you like about him but he is the best player we have at holding up the ball and bringing others into the game.

    What team will be picked for the next few games is anyone’s guess though!! Only a few games left and no one seems to know what our best team is. That to me is unforgiveable and shows that the management and backroom staff don’t have much of a clue.

    Regardless of that I’ll be there cheering them ALL on whoever gets picked and hope we can scramble out of this crisis.

  • reillers

    Mar 26, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s only a wee rip. He’ll be out for two weeks.
    Wee Shay is supposed to be fit for the game as is McGeady
    Hope and pray we win. Really really want to go to the WC. Haven’t went since 2002. At least the omens are good. When the Irish economy has ever been in the gutter, like it is now, worst affected by the recession apparently, so when the Irish economy is in the gutter sport tends to prosper. Twas football the last time. Rugby’s all ready done it for us, Bernard Dunne as well, it’s now up to the soccer lads.

    Duff is a wee blow but we’ve Hunt instead, more of an impact sub but not a bad option either.

    Anyway Duff will only be out for 2 weeks, and looking at his run of luck with injuries, it could have been a lot worse.

  • BT9MAG

    Mar 26, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Seems like a strange move to me, HOWEVER, I guess this is their plan B…Lua Lua will be a prominent player for us next season in the Championship and we need him to hit the ground running…

  • Dragonera

    Mar 26, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Duff our is good, now Jonas will play on the left and link up with young Jose once more.

    Lovenkrands and Martins up front again for the Chelsea match please.

  • Dragonera

    Mar 26, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #15

    …Duff out* is good…

  • Dragonera

    Mar 26, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Or even


  • Bill F

    Mar 26, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #17

    We are not going to be a championship team next year, we will stay up!!!!

  • hebburntoon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #18


    What planet are you on

    We have an owner who has no idea; he employs Joe Kinnear as our manager and then offers him a 2 year contract even though statiscally he is our worst ever manager on a 20% win ratio. This manager then has a triple heart by pass and he keeps open his job by allowing two coaches to run the club until Joe is fit enough to return. Joe Kinnear forgetting the fact he is’nt well enough to be a manager is not good enough to be our manager or any one elses ( results prove this) . Your Dad Mike Ashley is taking a massive gamble on us staying in the division this season by not appointing a replacement for Joe kinnear, who should not be our manager in the first place. As for Waddler’s comments on going down and using the youth system to start again, have you not relised what Mike Ashley’s plan is yet? He will sell off all our players for a profit, any signs of a player making it he will be sold to the highest bidder, just wait and see when Bassong is sold too Arsenal in the summer. As for poor Mike Ashley having to put £100,000000 into the club, He paid the going rate for Newcastle United at the time as we had debts of the above amount, if Newcastle was debt free at the time of buying 2 years ago the price would have been £ 235,0000000 so lets stop feeling sorry for him, he has a great club, great stadium and training facilitys and most of all has a great fan base if you ask me if he ran it properly instead of getting 3rd rate managers and coaches and doing things on the cheap the club would be worth £300 to £ 400 million if we were back in top 4 were we were 5 years ago.

    All he wanted was to make a quick buck, sell the club make £ 100 milion profit and get out but he got his fingers burnt.

    Now the Newcastle supprters are the one’s who are suffering having to put up with the dross that has been served up this season that last thing I want to read is pillocks like you living in Mike Ashley land

  • JonnyNufc

    Mar 26, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Duff has played in 5 of the 6 games we’ve won this season.

    So you lot saying “good” to his injury are insane.

    Hes better than Geremi/Ryan taylor on that side, far better at attacking directly, better in possession, would get us more corners & can actually cross half decently.

    Just more bad news for us tbh.

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 26, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Bill F

    Are you sure?

  • Stardust

    Mar 26, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #21

    The difference is Hebburntoon – I understand the rationale, reason and reality behind each of his decisions – you choose to either ignore it or are blissfully unaware of it.

    Actions have consequences – all you are seeing is consequence played out of the demo’s.

    Jk would never have been manager without them.

  • Bill F

    Mar 26, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Absolutely, I have been checking out some chicken entrails and the signs are there. 🙂

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 26, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #23


    Im from Hebburn too

  • roscoe

    Mar 26, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #24

    good news bout kazenga and not too bad bout duff anyways.. he was part a selection poser.
    …beye colo bass jose
    loven nolan guthrie jonas
    ……owen martins

    should give chelski a run for there money…

  • JJJ

    Mar 26, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #25

    All these people putting Owen in the side… Haha, he is the weakest link in our side.
    Far better to play 5 in midfield than have waste of space Owen on the field.

  • DanOx

    Mar 26, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #26

    jjj agreed.. when hes being marked properly.. i say bring back the crazy 433

    beye taylor bass enrique
    …guthrie nolan jonas
    …..martins carroll

    play that team for the rest of the season and we will stay up.. no more of this lets hope we win 1-0 balls.. we cant defend like that..
    the coaching staff need to get a brain, or get used to the championship..

  • Davy Craig

    Mar 26, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #27


    I totally agree.

    Duff had been playing well until he got injured. Some people just don’t like him and want rid. That’s up to them and they are entitled to an opinion.

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 26, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #28


    I agree we should play with the 3 upfront Owen, Carroll and Martins, Owen gets more involved with his attacking mid role

  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #30


  • hebburntoon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #31


    What rationale, reason and reality are behind each of his these decisions.

    1: Offering a two year contract to a has been manager who is the worst manager we have ever had in JK

    2: Even after a triple heart by pass, don’t replace tha managerand keep his job open by allowing two coaches who have a track record of failure to manage the club in the worst situation the club has found itself in it’s history

    3: Dont strengthen the team in January when we were desperate for players instead he sold a world class keeper, we only bought Nolan in this transfer window becuase Barton got injured as JK admited he phoned around clubs for midfielders and the fact Nolan fell out with megson is the reason we got him and we got R Taylor free with the NZogbia deal

    He is playing us all for mugs and people like you are going alomg with it, maybe when we sell Bassong and a couple of our up and coming players will you see him for what he is

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #32

    I really hope Lualua gets a chance next season!

  • OHurley

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Okay- this is VERY important guys-

    On next Wednesday here in Nashville, Tennessee, the United States Men’s International team is playing Trinidad in a world cup qualifier. As you all may know, Kenwyne Jones will be playing for Trinidad. I WILL be wearing the Black and White and would LOVE to know a good chant to chant at Kenwyne, being as that he plays for the Scum. Can you guys help me?

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #34

    RyanToon, has he already scored for Doncaster?

  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #35


    kenwyne jones wa** wa** wa**


  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #36


    no mate that was 3 years ago lol

    he is gonna make his debut against watford on the 4th of april

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #37


    He’s Red, He’s White He’s fu**ing really sh*te Kenwyne Jones, Kenwyne Jones!


    To the the tune of akon na na na (added on to ryantoons)

    Kenwyne Jones wa wa wa
    You’ll never score a goal wa wa wa
    you’ll always walk alone wa wa wa
    Aslong aslong as you play for the scum wa wa wa

    Any help?

  • Doocey

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #38

    New articles up lads. click the name , cheers!

    And yeah Duff has pulled out of the Ireland squad because of injury

  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #39

    kazenga doesnt train with our 1st team that often??? he seemes annoyed in this article

  • OHurley

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #40

    RyanToon and Turkish Mag-

    THANKS!! Those chants WILL be chanted at Kenwyne 🙂 Just thought you guys would like to know that Sunderland will be hated 3500 miles away 🙂 !!


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