Some good news today that Shola Ameobi has been successfully fitted with his face mask in Detroit, and is on his way back to Newcastle.
Shola Ameobi – returns to training next week
And it turns out that Peter Lovenkrands damaged his ankle in the second half of the great 2-0 win at Birmingham on Tuesday night, but that will have recovered before our next game in a week, against Bolton Wanderers at home.
And it also appears that Cheick Tiote has broken a finger, but that will also not keep him out of the next game against Bolton, a game in which Newcastle will go all out for their second win in a row.
Shola traveled to the Michigan Hand and Sports Rehabilitation Center in Detroit, for an appointment with top specialist Jeremy Murray, and had his special mask fitted to protect the cheekbone he fractured against Fulham.
Murray is well known in the US for helping basketball players get quickly back to playing in the NBA and in College Basketball, wearing masks specifically molded for each individual case, and indeed some players wear the masks all the time, to protect them from getting the facial injuries in the first place.
A typical basketball face mask
It remains to be seen whether Shola will now feature against Bolton, but it seems he will definitely return to training next week.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“We think Cheick has fractured his finger, but he will be fine to play despite the injury,”
“Shola is on his way back from the States and it all went well. We’re confident that we may have found a solution.”
Steven Taylor and Ryan Taylor are both back in training, along with Shola, and all three presumably will be available for selection for the vital Bolton game.
And of course if Shola and Nile Ranger are playing together, just which one we will call Lone Ranger – that’s the question of the day.
Anyway, apart from trying to make some very weak jokes, it’s good news on the injury front.
And for those who are interested here’s a piece on basketball face masks, and how they protect the player.