It turns out that both Shola Ameobi and Damien Duff will now miss Newcastle United’s game at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Charles N’Zogbia starts on Saturday at The Riverside
Ameobi is suffering from an ankle knock picked in a training-ground accident this week, and Duff has another groin strain.
But the loss of these two players will not impact Newcastle too much, because the injury to Duff will let Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia come in and show Joe Kinnear what he can do. The 22 year-old has looked good in his last couple of substitute appearances.
As far as Shola goes, Mark Viduka is now back and likely to be on the bench for the Middlesbrough game, so with stars coming back these two injuries are not as bad as they could have been just a few weeks ago.
It will be good to see what N’Zogbia can do against Middlesbrough.
In last year’s game Charles hit that wonder goal when he cut in from the left wing and hit a wonderful right footed shot past Mark Schwarzer in the home goal. Charles played left back in that game.
Maybe the same again tomorrow? Hope so