Newcastle Suddenly Have Striker Shortage

Andy Carroll joined the England squad yesterday for their game with France on Wednesday evening,  but is expected to be ruled out because of a slight groin injury.

Shola Ameobi – could miss trip to Bolton

It seems that Andy picked up the injury in the tough 0-0 draw with Fulham on Saturday, and the Newcastle physios believe he will be quickly ruled out today,  for the Wednesday game.

More important of course is if Andy will be ready for the tough game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday,  and it looked like he’s around 50-50 for that game.

But the bad news is that Shola Ameobi’s hamstring is still tight, and he may miss also the game on Saturday at the Reebok.

That’s what comes with playing with the injury last Wednesday night in the defeat at Blackburn, when Sky Sports had reported before the game that Shola had picked up a slight hamstring injury.

But Shola still played the first 45 minutes of that game – and we have to think if he hadn’t done that,  he may have been ready both last Saturday and next Saturday.

But if Shola and Andy are not available then it’s almost certain that Chris will play in a 4-5-1 formation,  with either Peter Lovenkrands up front or Nile Ranger – and we think Ranger is probably better suited to play up front as the lone striker.

Cisco is also available and the Spanish striker was on the bench last Saturday, and maybe he could be a surprise choice, but if it’s Nile Ranger or Xisco against Bolton, it will be a big opportunity for either striker.

But it does seem that Andy has some chance to make that game on Saturday, but it’s going to be touch and go.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • repo

    Nov 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Still got Best in full training now as well.

    We got plenty ,xisco, ranger, best, lovenkrants.

  • G

    Nov 15, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    I know this will provoke some controversy, but I think Best has a lot to offer. I would give him a run out myself. He puts himself about well, and has great positional sense. Last season he attracted a lot of hatred as he did everything apart from score, although he was very unlucky on that front. Watch his movement and positioning in a game, he is well worth a run out assuming he is match fit.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Nov 15, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    And I kind of agree with G about Best, would be surprising to see a forward line with Xisco and Best. But I guess it will be Lovenkrants and Ranger that will spearhead our attack next game.

  • Toonkistan

    Nov 15, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Hi Ed, if Cisco is available then i guess we can play IBM too :P:P

  • Lynxie

    Nov 15, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    I also agree with G.
    Leon Best (who has never been seen in the same room as Lionel Richie – is this just a coincidence, or…..???) looked very sharp in pre season and could also prove to be like a new signing for us with his sharpness in and around the box, plus physical threat. Possibly a better option than Ranger as Nile is a little too slow to react to things at times (unfortunately a steep learning curve).

  • Darling27

    Nov 15, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Team Vs Bolton



  • Brutooon

    Nov 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Xisco with Ranger/Lovenkrands

    Play one big and one small.

  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Phew, Repo.

    If we do have Best in full training and Xisco to come on…… there’s gonna be no stopping us!

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Unless he was asked to play a deep defensive position vs. Fulham, I’d say Routledge is going to e sitting next to Perch for quite some time.

  • Trent Toon

    Nov 16, 2010 at 4:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Xisco and Lovenkranks would be my selection, Ranger should only come on as an impact player. Xisco is more experienced and i think a better player all round. Not righting off Ranger but offcourse he has a lot to learn. I think Xisco has a smarter footballing mind, and this was seen when he skillfully set up Andy Carroll in the 6-0 win against Villa. Give Xisco a run out!


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