Shearer Still Hoping Martins Will Play Through Pain Barrier

Oba Martins does have some damage to his groin, as a scan has revealed, but it seems that Alan Shearer is hoping that Martins will be willing to play through the pain barrier for the Newcastle cause, and to help save our Premier League status.


Oba Martins – we need more of these from Oba!

Alan talked about Oba Martins’ situation this morning:

“We have a few different scenarios,” “One is an operation, two an injection, three rest, four play through the play barrier.” “We know, obviously, what we want him to do, it is just a case of how much pain that will cause him.”

“It is a matter of wait and see how he is tomorrow.” “An operation would rule him out for the season. Rest, we’d lose him for two or three weeks, the same for an injection.”

“The favoured option is to try and get him to play through the pain barrier and see where we get at the end of the season.” “The scan has shown there is something not right in there. “Having had hernias myself, sometimes you can play through it and not do any more damage.”

“We need everybody available to us. For him to play is our preferred option.” “Let’s wait and see how this week goes, see whether he is in a lot of discomfort or not.”

“We will make it clear to him what we’d like him to do because we are not in the position to lose anyone and he brings something different to the side with his pace.”

Of course it’s nothing Shearer is asking Martins that he didn’t do himself when he played, because a minor groin strain wouldn’t have kept Alan from playoing. Under normal circumstances Martins would either be rested or go off for an operation. But we though he had already gone to Munich, Germany to get the problem fixed.

But these of course are not normal circumstances with just 6 games left of the season, and Newcastle joint second bottom of the league, and obvioosuly Alan is hoping Martins will still be able to still play for the side.

Although Shearer would almost certainly have played on with the problem, and is obviously frustrated about the situation, he also knows he cannot afford to fall out with any of his players at such a crucial stage of the season.

Shearer added:

“He knew I was disappointed with the timing of things (last weekend), but as an on going problem, no.”

“I spoke to him again at the start of the week. It’s all forgotten about. There are no problems.” “We can’t afford to have any problems like that. We have to keep everyone on side and see where we get.”

“We have not ruled him out of the Tottenham game. It is looking increasingly unlikely he will be available for Sunday, but we are not giving up hope on him yet.”

Well that’s hardly good news for the side, but it does mean that it’s now extremely likelt that Andy Carroll will starst, so that will be good, and Andy has shown he can be more than threat to an y defense, with his physical poresence and scoring ability.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • punk skunk...

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Just score some bas*ard goals!..

  • ToonAsia

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    cmon oba u can do it, show ur loyalty to the club!!!

  • Davies

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Punk Skunk – Agreed.

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s not gonna play. Gut feeling.

    I think MO and Carroll upfront

  • punk skunk...

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    he needs to get a couple of goals in each of the remainin’ fixtures just to get an expected/decent return this season…He just ain’t scored enough!..

    …Ho’way Oba!..Show us what ya’ made of!..

  • shearerbliss

    Apr 17, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Just an opinion would like to see others views, but do you think again OM has got the hump with MO.
    This is becoming a regular occurance espesially towards the end of the season! I started with roeder.
    Once MO is back OM starts to go missing, I feel a bit of jelousy in there. Since OM has been around MO has been injuied therefore OM has carried the can for a few years. Then Shearer comes on board and says MO is a starter reguardless! I think with anyone in the real world this would affect a working relationship within a team. No one likes being the ugly duckling!

  • Sav

    Apr 17, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #7

    …and don’t worry about doin’ any sommersaults when you score…ouch!

  • evildick

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #8

    i think he should start on the bench. shearer wants to make it clear that no-one is an automatic choice.

  • evildick

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #9

    … by that i mean he has to put the team ahead of himself (and not try to hide injuries etc)

    hopefully he will come off the bench and bang in a couple to sink spurs… comon oba!!!!!

  • workyticket

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Capello is right. It is ridiculous, irresponsible and counterproductive to try and push injured or unfit players into a team merely because of their reputations. I really hope Shearer doesn’t try.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #11


  • davis_toons

    Apr 17, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #12

    shearerbliss // Apr 17, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    = I think you might be right. I agree with you. Shearer shld be fair. “May the best man win” shld be his policy.

    OM might be feeling jerlous. Poor OM been “left out”.

    He must be thinking since MO is always on the front page and are that good then surly he will score. Then let him do it. (And he shell see)

    Sav // Apr 17, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    …and don’t worry about doin’ any sommersaults when you score…ouch!

    = Sav, i think i have not seen OM doing it since a long time ago. (and the flips are just 1 time or max twice, not like before)


  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 18, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #13



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