Date: 7th January 2009 at 7:30pm
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Despite the hope that Oba Martins wouldn`t require a groin op to clear his long standing problem, it looks more than likely now that he`ll be off (probably to Germany and Dr Hans Muller-Sheep Parts). Having seen his doctor recently about the problem, his agent slammed the club`s medical staff for failing to notice his struggles. He said:

“The Newcastle medical staff are woeful – Oba has been having this problem on and off and they failed to spot it. It was only when he went to Italy that the correct diagnosis was made, and he will have the operation this week. Look at the entire team. Viduka is injured, Alan Smith is injured, Nicky Butt is injured, and so many players. Even when Shearer was playing, how many times did he end up on the treatment table?”