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Viduka heading home for treatment on injured Achilles

 

Michael Lynch

September 30, 2008

 

SOCCEROO star Mark Viduka is returning home to Melbourne for specialist treatment in a bid to cure the Achilles tendon injury that has kept him on the sidelines as his Premiership club, Newcastle United, endures a nightmare start to the new season.

 

The 32-year-old is expected to arrive in his native city later this week to see sports specialists at the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre before linking up with the Socceroo squad in Brisbane for further treatment when Pim Verbeek gathers his players together for the World Cup qualifier against Qatar on October 15.

 

Viduka has only been able to watch as Newcastle stumble from crisis to crisis this year and has not played a game for the Magpies. He has not played for the Socceroos since captaining the team in the Asian cup quarter final against Japan in July 2007, a match 10-man Australia lost on penalties.

 

It is understood Viduka will arrive in Melbourne for several days worth of treatment before travelling to Queensland next week to see if Australian experts working intensively on his problem can have more impact than the medical staff at his English club.

 

The fact he is looking to link up with Verbeek and the rest of the squad, if only to join them for treatment, is a positive indicator that the big striker is still interested in having some sort of role with the national team during its qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup.

 

Several other prominent Australian players have come back home to have extensive treatment from Australian experts when the medical staff at their English clubs have failed to help them recover quickly. The most famous of all is Harry Kewell, who had Socceroo physiotherapist Les Gelis working as his private medico at home and abroad for years.

 

'Possibly ready for Man Utd...'

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I never understand why these injured players go abroad for treatment. Jonas to Argentina, Viduka to Australia, Martins goes to Itay, etc. Surely the UK is one of the most medically advanced countries in the world.

 

As for Viduka, he won't be getting a new contract. Depending on which league we're in and who owns us I can see NUFC are going to have to do some major striker shopping in the next year with Viduka, Ameobi and Owen's contracts all expiring.

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I never understand why these injured players go abroad for treatment. Jonas to Argentina, Viduka to Australia, Martins goes to Itay, etc. Surely the UK is one of the most medically advanced countries in the world.

 

As for Viduka, he won't be getting a new contract. Depending on which league we're in and who owns us I can see NUFC are going to have to do some major striker shopping in the next year with Viduka, Ameobi and Owen's contracts all expiring.

 

well its quite easy to explain, the best possible care, is usually found abroad... what did you think? that all of the best doctors/physios in the world live in england? dream on m8  :coolsmiley:

and its probably cheaper as well to send them abroad  :rolleyes:

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I never understand why these injured players go abroad for treatment. Jonas to Argentina, Viduka to Australia, Martins goes to Itay, etc. Surely the UK is one of the most medically advanced countries in the world.

 

As for Viduka, he won't be getting a new contract. Depending on which league we're in and who owns us I can see NUFC are going to have to do some major striker shopping in the next year with Viduka, Ameobi and Owen's contracts all expiring.

 

well its quite easy to explain, the best possible care, is usually found abroad... what did you think? that all of the best doctors/physios in the world live in england? dream on m8  :coolsmiley:

and its probably cheaper as well to send them abroad  :rolleyes:

 

To be fair, there are far better medical systems abroad if you have the cash imo.

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I never understand why these injured players go abroad for treatment. Jonas to Argentina, Viduka to Australia, Martins goes to Itay, etc. Surely the UK is one of the most medically advanced countries in the world.

I don't think it's really so much the quality or level of the medical treatment elsewhere. 

 

The comfort level of the surroundings can have a huge psychological imact on the person which in turn can directly effect ones recuperation. 

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I never understand why these injured players go abroad for treatment. Jonas to Argentina, Viduka to Australia, Martins goes to Itay, etc. Surely the UK is one of the most medically advanced countries in the world.

 

As for Viduka, he won't be getting a new contract. Depending on which league we're in and who owns us I can see NUFC are going to have to do some major striker shopping in the next year with Viduka, Ameobi and Owen's contracts all expiring.

 

well its quite easy to explain, the best possible care, is usually found abroad... what did you think? that all of the best doctors/physios in the world live in england? dream on m8  :coolsmiley:

and its probably cheaper as well to send them abroad  :rolleyes:

 

To be fair, there are far better medical systems abroad if you have the cash imo.

I'm sure our players could afford to go private. Yes I know other countries will have top doctors/physios but come on, a shoulder injury requires a South American doctor? It's not like they're going for a new, experimental treatment.

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I never understand why these injured players go abroad for treatment. Jonas to Argentina, Viduka to Australia, Martins goes to Itay, etc. Surely the UK is one of the most medically advanced countries in the world.

 

As for Viduka, he won't be getting a new contract. Depending on which league we're in and who owns us I can see NUFC are going to have to do some major striker shopping in the next year with Viduka, Ameobi and Owen's contracts all expiring.

 

well its quite easy to explain, the best possible care, is usually found abroad... what did you think? that all of the best doctors/physios in the world live in england? dream on m8  :coolsmiley:

and its probably cheaper as well to send them abroad  :rolleyes:

 

To be fair, there are far better medical systems abroad if you have the cash imo.

I'm sure our players could afford to go private. Yes I know other countries will have top doctors/physios but come on, a shoulder injury requires a South American doctor? It's not like they're going for a new, experimental treatment.

 

I agree to a degree, but for some things, some specialists mean you need to go abroad.

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I never understand why these injured players go abroad for treatment. Jonas to Argentina, Viduka to Australia, Martins goes to Itay, etc. Surely the UK is one of the most medically advanced countries in the world.

 

As for Viduka, he won't be getting a new contract. Depending on which league we're in and who owns us I can see NUFC are going to have to do some major striker shopping in the next year with Viduka, Ameobi and Owen's contracts all expiring.

 

well its quite easy to explain, the best possible care, is usually found abroad... what did you think? that all of the best doctors/physios in the world live in england? dream on m8  :coolsmiley:

and its probably cheaper as well to send them abroad  :rolleyes:

 

To be fair, there are far better medical systems abroad if you have the cash imo.

I'm sure our players could afford to go private. Yes I know other countries will have top doctors/physios but come on, a shoulder injury requires a South American doctor? It's not like they're going for a new, experimental treatment.

 

I agree to a degree, but for some things, some specialists mean you need to go abroad.

I agree with what you say but isn't it funny how all these specialists happen to be in the home country of the injured player (or in Martins case, where he used to live). The likes of going to see Dr. Richard Steadman for knee injuries I can accept.

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Even if we have all but given up on Viduka, wile we are paying his wages I'd still want him to be treated here where we can keep an eye on him.  Can you imagine how fat the fucker will be when he comes back from an unsupervised BBQ and lager fueled holiday down under?  His injury might have healed but it will be another 6 months before he can squeeze into his XXL shirt.

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Makes you wonder who is really in charge of what players can and can't do.

 

I mean, I can't see Newcastle saying "here's an idea Mark, head over to Australia for a few weeks and get sorted". Surely we would rather have him treated here where we can keep an eye on him.

 

Even if he's just watching training and giving Xisco a few pointers, while he's on the payroll he should be around the club.

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I never understand why these injured players go abroad for treatment. Jonas to Argentina, Viduka to Australia, Martins goes to Itay, etc. Surely the UK is one of the most medically advanced countries in the world.

 

As for Viduka, he won't be getting a new contract. Depending on which league we're in and who owns us I can see NUFC are going to have to do some major striker shopping in the next year with Viduka, Ameobi and Owen's contracts all expiring.

 

well its quite easy to explain, the best possible care, is usually found abroad... what did you think? that all of the best doctors/physios in the world live in england? dream on m8  :coolsmiley:

and its probably cheaper as well to send them abroad  :rolleyes:

 

To be fair, there are far better medical systems abroad if you have the cash imo.

I'm sure our players could afford to go private. Yes I know other countries will have top doctors/physios but come on, a shoulder injury requires a South American doctor? It's not like they're going for a new, experimental treatment.

 

I agree to a degree, but for some things, some specialists mean you need to go abroad.

I agree with what you say but isn't it funny how all these specialists happen to be in the home country of the injured player (or in Martins case, where he used to live). The likes of going to see Dr. Richard Steadman for knee injuries I can accept.

 

Mate, you are aware Australia is a first world nation aren't you? Fancy a chat about NHS v Medicare? :p Besides which, it's common sense to go to a doctor you trust, with whom you have had positive results previously.

 

But the sad truth is that the closest epithet for Viduka came from djmattis:

 

Hes finished. Or the real fact, he was finished when he left Boro.

He was a risk signing that could have work perfectly, or not.

 

To me he was not a waste of money, could have done wonders if he only could shake of his injuries.

 

He is indeed finished as a top class footballer - even the Arab leagues would ask too much of the big fella these days. Was he finished when he left Boro, hmmm... maybe. He put in a few good performances, but simply not enough. It was a gamble, it failed - to all the haters, who do you hate? Viduka for accepting the contract offered to him? Roeder for making the gamble? Shepherd for backing Roeder's relatively inexpensive bet?

 

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Worthless guy. It was criminal to bring him in with his fitness record and at his age.

 

To think we could have taken a punt on someone like Santa Cruz instead.

 

Oh well ...

 

Don't think Santa Cruz will have had as big impact at Newcastle as he did at Blackburn.

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Worthless guy. It was criminal to bring him in with his fitness record and at his age.

 

To think we could have taken a punt on someone like Santa Cruz instead.

 

Oh well ...

 

Don't think Santa Cruz will have had as big impact at Newcastle as he did at Blackburn.

 

Granted but why not spend the cash on bringing him in now. He'd have been the perfect fodder for Martins or Owen.

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