posted on Dec, 15 2004 @ 02:08 PM
Sporting Lisbon midfielder Hugo Viana has admitted he hopes his Newcastle nightmare comes to an end this summer.
The 21-year-old Portugal international will be back on Tyneside on Thursday night with the opposition for their UEFA Cup tie.
He returned to his homeland on loan after an £8.5million switch from Sporting in 2002 failed to pay off.
Viana, who cannot play under the terms of the loan agreement, will watch from the stands as his team try to book their place in the last 32 of the
competition, which they should do if they avoid a heavy defeat.
However, the midfielder is looking further ahead than the knock-out stages.
Sir Bobby Robson was convinced Viana was one of the biggest young talents in Europe but the player never quite got to grips with the pace and power of
the English game.
His fate was effectively sealed by an error in the club's UEFA Cup semi-final, second-leg clash with Marseille in France last season when his weak
challenge led to Didier Drogba's opening goal.
He will be shouting for Sporting, who beat the Magpies 1-0 in the pre-season Newcastle-Gateshead Cup final, on Thursday, but is desperately
disappointed he cannot play any part.