Sam Allardyce has said today that Shola Ameobi will be back in training by the end of the week.
When that happens Newcastle will have only two out with injuries. Damien Duff, who is due to return from a foot injury on November 3rd, and long term injury casualty Peter Ramage, who isnâ€™t due back from his ACL knee operation until next April.
Ameobi, however, will probably miss Monday’s clash with Spurs at St.James’ Park.
Shola Ameobi – back in full training tomorrow
26-year-old Ameobi picked up a groin injury in the Carling Cup tie at Arsenal last month and has watched United’s last two fixtures from the sidelines. However, his groin will not need surgery with the Nigerian-born striker expected to start training tomorrow.
Sam told nufc.co.uk today:
“Hopefully by the end of the week Shola will be back in training, but I don’t think he will be available for Monday,”
Meanwhile, Celestine Babayaro and Mark Viduka have also returned to training and could make the squad for the game against Spurs:
“Celestine actually trained for the first time on Monday,”
“Mark’s also back in training, as is Cacapa. Hopefully all of the players who have been away will report back with no problems.”
Alan Smith was rested by Steve McClaren for England’s recent European qualifying double-header because of a slight knee injury but that has cleared up nicely. But Alan will not be available due to his suspension for this game because of 5 yellow cards.
“He was rested by England last week, and he’s running now with no problems. He needed rest, and he got that with England,”
It’s good to see all our injured players back. Of course peter Ramage is out maybe for the rest of the season and the only other one to get back to full fitness now is Damien Duff. Sam has already said how keen he is to get the very best out of the Irishman, when he returns. We think Sam will do that and we really do seem to have a very strong squad now, with everyone being fit and pushing for a first team start.
First things first though – a good win on Monday night is the next step.
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