Carroll Out With Ankle Injury – Martins Key Today

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.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Toonmania

    Feb 7, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    then we should have martins & lovey up front
    amiobi should start on the bench, then put him on later in the game to jog round like a headless chicken to confuse himself/wba

  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 7, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Martins- Ameobi
    Martins – Viduka
    Martins- Lovenkrads
    Martins – Smith

  • matthewjai

    Feb 7, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    damn..why is he always complaining about injury?

    injurt did killed us more than 1 occasion..

    but it’s because he keep on rushing players back,using unfit players
    that’s why they are so easily injured..

  • Toonmania

    Feb 7, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    you seem more confused than shola is lol?

  • ginkoh

    Feb 7, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Martins-Ameobi for tonight. You will see it.

  • Mags

    Feb 7, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #6

    I would gues he will go with Martins & Ameobi.

    I don’t care who plays just so long as we somehow get a win, it is essential.

    On another matter has anyone seen any reports from the Q&A with Llambias last night?

  • valle

    Feb 7, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Dukes aint fit to start, so we can rule that one out.

    JFK wants power alongside the speed of Oba so he wont start with the Lion in attack i think (Perhaps as a right wing)

    That leaves Smith or Ameobi to partner Oba… I would want Smith, but i think it will be Ameobi.

  • dougnufc

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Smith and Martins are great partnership, I remember last season the Smith only played well when Martins is next to him

  • Guinea Mag

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    JFK will likely start with Oba and Ameobi but expect Smith and the Duke to get on at some time during the game.

    We must win and expect the English in the side, well Geordies and Scousers to step to the plate today.

    I’m going for a Newcastle win; 1-3 against WBA today!

  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Whether we like it or not it is going to be Shola and Oba !

    Hopefully Shola can be no worse than he was agaist The Mackems, one of the worst games i’ve seen him play for Newcastle and there have been a good few to choose from!

  • DanToon

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    v WBA…


    S.Taylor – Coloccini – Bassong – Enrique

    — R.Taylor — Butt — Nolan — Duff

    ———– Ameobi —- Martins

    That will be the starting lineup 100%. I think we can all see that!

  • Ross

    Feb 7, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    “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.”


    Really stupid thing to say, Joe. “if we’d had oba i reckon we probably would have beaten them 4 or 5-1. How can you possibly predict that? its a team game mate, to say oba probably would have picked the ball up and rattled it in from 30 yards creating a goal out of nothing, is canny silly.

    As for today, we should go with Viduka/oba. But it will be Shola/oba. Kinnear just looks like he’s refusing to even consider dropping the likes of strolla or duff from the team.

  • MDS

    Feb 7, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #13


    The real test re: Duff is next week. I really hope that he Kinnear goes wit ryan Taylor and J0nas as the first choice wingers. Duff can be a nice late substitute but I don’t want to see him anywhere near the strting lineup. Same goes for Butt whenver Guthrie comes back.

    I imagine you’ll see Shola today…doubt Viduka is fit enough for anything more than a run out.

  • nufcc

    Feb 7, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #14

    I get a feeling joke will start with Martins and Ameobi and after 90 minutes of failure, when we are losing 1-0 he will bring on smith to work his wonders for the last minute and save us from relegation.

  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 7, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Well subs will be Hughton’s choice as Kinnear has been taking to hospital.

  • Sav

    Feb 7, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Main thing is, Martins is back and starting. Shame about Carroll – was looking forward to seeing them together.


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