Featured Matches
Previous
Valencia
Malaga
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Augsburg
Borussia Dortmund
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Marseille
Nice
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sporting Kansas City
Houston Dynamo
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Getafe
Almeria
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Getafe
Almeria
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Valencia
Malaga
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Augsburg
Borussia Dortmund
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Marseille
Nice
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Perugia
Bologna
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Union Berlin
Nurnberg
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
FSV Frankfurt
RB Leipzig
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
VfR Aalen
Kaiserslautern
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
AJ Auxerre
Valenciennes
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Ajaccio GFCO
Troyes
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Chateauroux
Orléans
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Le Havre AC
Créteil
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Nimes
Arles
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Niort
Clermont Foot
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sochaux
Dijon FCO
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Stade Laval
AC Ajaccio
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Go Ahead Eagles
Willem II Tilburg
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Achilles '29
Fortuna Sittard
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Den Bosch
Jong Ajax
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Helmond Sport
NEC Nijmegen
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Jong PSV
FC Eindhoven
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
RKC Waalwijk
Jong FC Twente
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
SC Stormvogels Telstar
Almere City
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sparta Rotterdam
FC Volendam
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
VVV Venlo
FC Emmen VV
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Academica de Coimbra
Vitoria Setubal
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
Terek Grozny
2:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Balikesirspor
Akhisar Belediye
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Caykur Rizespor
Genclerbirligi
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
KAA Gent
KV Kortrijk
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Helsingborg
Halmstad
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Orebro SK
Brommapojkarna
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Athlone Town FC
Cork
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bray
UCD
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Derry City
St Patricks
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Dundalk
Bohemians
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Limerick FC
Drogheda Utd
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Shamrock
Sligo
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Glenavon
Ballymena
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Coleraine
Portadown
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sporting Kansas City
Houston Dynamo
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Queretaro
Monterrey
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Tijuana
U. de G.
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Aberystwyth
Bangor City
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Carmarthen
Port Talbot
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Newi Cefn Druids
Connah's Quay
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Airbus UK
Newtown
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
T.N.S.
Rhyl
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Independiente Rivadavia
Atlético Tucumán
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Unión de Santa Fe
Crucero del Norte
7:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Huracán
Patronato
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Instituto de Córdoba
Ferro Carril Oeste
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Temperley
Sp. Belgrano
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy
San Martín de San Juan
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlante
At. San Luis
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Coras Tepic
Lobos BUAP
1:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Joinville
Oeste
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sampaio Correa-MA
América Mineiro
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Santa Cruz FC
Goianiense
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Arica
Palestino
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
12 de Octubre
Nacional
Postp
Game Details
Bidvest Wits
Moroka Swallows
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Chippa United
Ajax Cape Town
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 16, 2009

Shearer buoyed as Viduka nears Toon return

Newcastle United boss Alan Shearer is preparing for the return of one key striker after clearing the air with another as a desperate scrap for survival gathers pace.

Shearer could have vastly-experienced Australia international Mark Viduka at his disposal for the first time for Sunday's Premier League trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

Indeed, his strikeforce could be boosted further if Nigerian counterpart Obafemi Martins manages to shake off the groin injury which sidelined him at Stoke at the last minute last weekend and earned him a visit to the manager's office.

That would be a major bonus for the Magpies and rekindle memories of last season, when then boss Kevin Keegan fielded the pair alongside skipper Michael Owen in a three-pronged attack which ultimately fired the club to safety.

Viduka's availability would be more than welcome at the end of an injury-wrecked campaign which has seen the 33-year make just six appearances and only one start.

He last played as a substitute in the 1-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers on March 1, when he aggravated the Achilles injury which has hampered him since last season, and has been a big miss.

Shearer is well aware of how big a part he could play during the next few weeks, and will definitely take the former Middlesbrough frontman to White Hart Lane.

He said: ''Mark Viduka has trained for the majority of the week and will travel with us.

''He has trained well. He obviously has got a huge amount of talent and we believe if we can keep him fit, he will play a big part in helping us.''

There remains a question mark over Martins' fitness after he withdrew from the squad just hours before last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Stoke, forcing Shearer to reshuffle his squad and tear up the plans on which he had been working all week.

The 24-year-old has not trained this week and a late decision will be taken on him on Friday.

However, Shearer insists there is no rift between the two after initially expressing his surprise at being told the £10m man was not fit to play at the Britannia Stadium.

The former England skipper said: ''That's all forgotten about. I spoke to him again on Monday and there are no problems.

''I said how much I was disappointed with the timing of things more than anything, and he totally understood that. But as an ongoing thing, no, that's gone, forgotten about.''

Newcastle kept themselves in touch with the teams ahead of them, if only just, as a result of Andy Carroll's late equaliser at Stoke, but remain two points adrift of derby rivals Sunderland, who currently occupy 17th place.

The Black Cats face their own six-pointer at home to plummeting Hull on Saturday, and the Magpies know they could have slipped even further off the pace by the time they kick off the following day.

However, Shearer is hopeful that a spirited display at Stoke has raised confidence within the squad.

He said: ''Not only did we prove we are up for the battle and the fight and the scrap, but that we can also play a little bit, which has given everyone a big, big lift.

''It would have been a hell of a long week coming back from that game with nothing. But we got a point, so it has been a decent week for us.''

Peter Lovenkrands could return to the squad after recovering from the chest infection which left him fighting for breath during the 2-0 home defeat by Chelsea, although Jose Enrique remains a doubt with a knee problem.

In addition, midfielder Joey Barton is expected to return to full training next week and could come into contention for the home clash with Portsmouth on April 27.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.