The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that young Andy Carroll is out of today’s game with an ankle injury, he picked up in the second half against Sunderland last Sunday.
Andy Carroll – misses game this afternoon with ankle injury
So it looks like Oba will start alongside local lad Shola Ameobi, who we hope is a lot more match fit this week, than he looked last Sunday.
Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear is hoping the Nigerian can do the trick for Newcastle at WBA today:
“Oba coming back is huge for us – he’s a natural goalscorer so obviously we’ve missed him,”
“I’m desperate for him to stay fit for the rest of the season, because he’s a quality player and he can make a big difference for us,”
“I think if we’d have had Oba for the Sunderland game we would have beaten them out of sight, to be honest. He scores goals out of nothing.”
“We are looking in slightly better shape injury-wise and Shola will be all the better for another week of training.”
“He did well considering he wasn’t really fit against Sunderland, and the pair of them should cause problems for West Brom.”
Martins, Mark Viduka and Alan Smith, were all given an extensive training session on Thursday, and all three came through well, which is good to hear.
It’s like having 5 new players available, after signing R Taylor and Nolan in the last few days of the transfer window, and 3 experienced players coming back from injury.
But with our players now coming back, it is time for the team to start performing (winning) again, and this afternoon is the first test.
If we cannot beat bottom-placed WBA, we will be in a sorry state in the league after the game, because a WBA win will take them one point above Newcastle, and it will become the 9th game in a row that we haven’t won.
A win will be great and a defeat will be terrible this afternoon, that’s the only way to look at it.