Good news today that Leon Best is expected to be fit to start at Blackburn on Saturday, and there is further good news today on Shola Ameobi.
Shola Ameobi – operation yesterday – prognosis good!
Yes, we know this may be a surprise and rather unexpected for Newcastle United – good news that is – but there’s some definite good news today.
It seems that both Leon Best and Nile Ranger picked up knocks in the amazing game last Saturday afternoon, but both will train tomorrow and will be fit for the game at Blackburn.
Peter Lovenkrands is also fit, so Newcastle have three strikers fit, and there is more good news about Shola Ameobi, who broke his cheekbone at Fulham last Wednesday.
Shola was operated on yesterday, and the news from the Newcastle Journal this morning, is that Newcastle now expect him to be fit to play, long before the two months that was first put out.
So the good news today may have an effect on whether Newcastle bring in a free agent striker, and of course Frenchman, Jeremie Aliadiere, has been in talks with Newcastle, and we’d be very surprised if Jeremie or the Brazilian striker, Ewerthon, are not signed through the end of the season.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“Both Nile and Leon are due to train again on Thursday without any problems and that is obviously a bonus for us as we are short.”
“We are still looking to see if we can sign somebody to beef us up a bit in that area. We are going to make a decision on Wednesday as to whether there is anyone available who can do that.”
“If all goes well, we could even have somebody in by the time we play Blackburn at the weekend and, failing that, for the trip to Birmingham City on Tuesday night.”
“There aren’t many to choose from on the free agent list as you can imagine, but we have done the necessary research and now we are about to make a decision on whether we are going to do something.”
So it looks like today is D day on the free agents, but we would think bringing Jeremie Aliadiere in through the end of the season would be a good move .
And with Shola hopefully coming back a lot earlier than that two months, Newcastle should have enough strikers to see the side through to safety this season.
And that’s all we are looking for this season – safety.
Howay The Lads!!