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.
“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.