Shola Ameobi will have a fitness test today and it appears that Joe Kinnear is hoping he will come through that OK, and be available for the important game against Wigan on Boxing Day.
Shola Ameobi could be fit for Boxing Day
The 27-year-old local lad came off just after Spur’s controversial goal on Sunday afternoon, after injuring his hamstring. And that may have been the best thing Shola could have done, so the hamstring was not damaged further, and Mark Viduka came on in his place.
The Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear told nufcTV this morning:
“Shola will have a fitness test today (Wednesday) but we’re hopeful he’ll be OK for Wigan.”
Oba Martins (groin) remains a major doubt for Friday, and will probably not be risked so he can be ready for the cracker-jack game against Liverpool at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
If Shola is fit for Friday, Joe may still elect to start Mark Viduka, who is now slowly getting back to full match fitness.
That game has an early kick off at 12 noon.