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Obafemi faces six weeks out

 

JOE KINNEAR has been told Oba Martins needs a hernia op.

 

Newcastle striker Martins, 24, has missed four games with a groin strain and now faces at least six weeks out.

 

It is a huge blow for Toon boss Kinnear, who needs the Nigerian star to help his push for Premier League survival.

 

Kinnear is short of firepower, although Charles N’Zogbia will be fit for Saturday’s home clash against West Ham after hobbling off at Hull with a dead leg.

 

Nicky Butt misses out against the Hammers through suspension.

 

And Toon No 2 Chris Hughton admitted: “It’s thin. I’m not sure there are too many coming back for the next couple of weeks.

 

“It’s a question of trying to get players back as quickly as we can and not picking up any more injuries.”

 

Toon could also lose Alan Smith in a loan deal to Everton.

 

Smith was lined up for a summer move to Goodison before a row blew up over his future that began the end of Kevin Keegan’s reign at St James’ Park.

 

Smith, 28, was injured soon after the transfer window closed and is still on the comeback trail after ankle surgery.

 

But Everton chief David Moyes is poised to swoop to solve a striker crisis, with Louis Saha crocked and Yakubu out for the season.

 

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Let's hope they send him to the same doctor as Shearer and Owen.

 

http://www.treatmentabroad.net/medical-tourism/news/october-2007/michael-owens-hernia-recovery-237/

 

Medical tourist, Michael Owen, makes swift recovery after double hernia operation in private German clinic

 

With England facing Estonia at Wembley on October 13th, followed by a return match against Russia four days later in Moscow in the European Championship qualifying matches, top football striker Michael Owen's hernia problem has been attracting much media attention. 

 

Newcastle had feared the 27 year old striker's injury had turned into a double hernia raising a question mark about whether he would be able to help secure England's place at Euro 2008.  The 3cm tear in his abductor muscle - an injury which was set to rule him out for most of the month - highlighted the urgency for surgery.

 

Over the weekend of Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September Owen joined the rising number of UK medical tourists and visited the Newcastle team's surgeon of choice - Munich-based Dr Ulrike Muschaweck - who is such an expert in the field of lower abdominal operations that her clinic is dubbed "Hernienzentrum" (Hernia Centre).  The clinic has successfully repaired over 12,000 hernias over the past 12 years.

 

Dr Ulrike Muschaweck performed surgery on Owen which involved two operations, one on each side, to fix the Newcastle striker's groin and hernia problems.  The operation went perfectly and was so successful that Dr Muschaweck believes he could be playing again in less than two weeks. 

 

She said:  "Owen had a 'sportsman groin' so he was given what we call the 'Minimal Repair' Technique.  The tear happened some time before the operation but it was not the reason for surgery.  Recovery will be within eight to 13 days depending on whether there is still some pain or not.  After 14 days I anticipate he will be back to full activity" she adds. 

 

However, club boss Sam Allardyce says it will be up to Newcastle United's medical staff to decide when Michael Owen is fit to play the international games post-operation.

 

Owen isn't the first footballer Muschaweck has treated.  Alan Shearer was sent by the club to Muschaweck's űber modern clinic near Munich airport in November 2005 for a hernia operation and enjoyed an extraordinary recovery time - returning to field in just 10 days.

 

Owen is reported to be keen to play in the international double-header of matches but not if it compromises his long-term fitness for his club.

 

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Guest LucaAltieri

We need to forget about buying backup for Oba and just get him the best care possible, give Ranger a chance whilst Oba is out..

 

Ranger makes Theo Walcott look like Mike Tyson. Needs to bulk-up before first team football, in my opinion.

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We need to forget about buying backup for Oba and just get him the best care possible, give Ranger a chance whilst Oba is out..

 

Ranger makes Theo Walcott look like Mike Tyson. Needs to bulk-up before first team football, in my opinion.

 

More bulk can mean less movement, he is not a Carroll Shola type player, plenty of thinner striker do very well.

Rather see him get a shot before Carroll and Shola..

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Would be ridiculous to give Ranger such an almighty job at this stage of his development.

 

 

 

Plenty of players his age have had their chance and taken it, give him a go agianst the Hammers if he aint ready we have time to try and get a player in.

We need fullbacks and CM'ers before we look at strikers.

Oba is a massive miss and IF he does need a hernia op the club need shot if he is not sent over to Germany, remember Carr and Shearer both had hernia ops at the same time Carr had his here and was out for months, Big Al went to Germany and was back in a week.

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Have we won a game since Oba has been injured?

 

We really need to get in another striker who is at least somewhat dynamic to compensate for this loss.

 

Would be nice if we could get someone who is both a physical presence but also pacy. That would be ideal really.

 

That way even when Oba returns this type of striker would still be very useful to us.

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A bit off topic but apparently Oba was clocked doing 106mph in a 70 zone and has been given 6 points by the law.

 

"MORE TOON SHAME!"

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A bit off topic but apparently Oba was clocked doing 106mph in a 70 zone and has been given 6 points by the law.

 

"MORE TOON SHAME!"

 

Look up!

 

Very lucky not to get a ban for 106mph.

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Oh dear. We badly need a bit of pace up front. Someone like Obinna or Saviola on loan until the end of the season would be ideal.

 

Couldn't we just get Martins to drive Mark Viduka around the pitch in his 106mph car?

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