Alan Pardew was interviewed on Sky Sports this afternoon, and he said that Shola Ameobi would travel to Detroit this Thursday, to have his face mask fitted.
Shola Ameobi – to return to training next week
Shola sustained a bad fracture of his cheek bone against Fulham on February 2nd, and had it successfully operated on only last week.
He will now travel to the Michigan Hand and Sports Rehabilitation Center in Detroit for an appointment with top specialist Jeremy Murray.
Murray is renowned in the US for helping basketball players return to action in the NBA, wearing masks specifically molded for each individual case.
As you can imagine flying elbows cause lots of injuries in the NBA, and some of these are exactly like the injury Shola picked up at Fulham.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew seems quite confident that when Shola gets his mask fitted, he will return to training next week, or at least that’s what he told Sky Sports.
Shola will have been out about two and a half weeks when he returns to training, so should still be fit enough, but of course the first thing he will need to get used to is playing in the mask, and being comfortable that his face is indeed protected.
So it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Shola could return to the Newcastle side at St. James’ Park the following Saturday, when the opposition is Bolton Wanderers. That’s a game Newcastle can win in front of 52,000 screaming Geordies.
That would be terrific news for Newcastle fans, and even more good news tonight, is that Ryan Taylor will play for the Reserves tomorrow, having recovered from his broken foot.
And Ryan is a good player, who will be looking to show Alan Pardew just what he can do on Tyneside.
And Ryan could well do a job for Newcastle through the end of the season, with his excellent free kicks and long throw-ins, and he’s got a good eye for goal too.
So both Shola and Ryan could be available for selection for the Bolton game a week on Saturday, which has to be good news.
For the record, 29 year-old local lad Shola has played 294 times for Newcastle over 11 years with 68 goals, and 26 year-old Liverpudlian Ryan has appeared 50 times with 6 goals in his two years at the club.
Howay The Lads!!