Oba Martins and Mark Viduka should both be available for Monday night’s game against Portsmouth, which is just a must-win game – make no mistake about that.
Mark Viduka – important this player stays fit
It’s quite possible that Alan Shearer will try to start Oba, Viduka and Owen together in a three pronged attack on Monday night, and with Jose Enrique now back from injury, Alan could well play 4-4-3 for the first time in his short management career.
When Oba and Mark came on with some 30 minutes to go against Tottenham Hotspur, we looked a much better side up front, and Alan talked about that this morning:
“Oba has done well in training. They had a day off (on Wednesday), but they were back in yesterday.”
“At this moment in time, both Oba and Mark Viduka are fit. But it’s a case of monitoring them every day they come in to be honest.”
“I was delighted with Mark’s contribution at the weekend, I thought he played very well when he came on. He’s a threat.”
“He can hold the ball up, and can probably do something that no one else in our team can do at this moment in time. We’re hopeful that he might be fit for Monday again.”
It seems obvious that Shearer knows the considerable ability that Mark Viduka has, and if only he can get Viduka, Martins and Owen on the field together, we should be a lot more potent in attack, and may even be able to score some goals, which could give us the wins we so desperately need.
We have to hope these three players can be fit for the last 5 games of the season, and that Joey Barton is fit, maybe for the game at Liverpool, and that Steven Taylor also comes back soon.
If that happens, and the lads show more fighting spirit than they’ve shown us in the last few games, we’re still in with a fighting chance of staying up, but we now know it’s going to be very close.