Shola Gets Mask Fitted – Returns To Training Next Week


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.

Comments welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • mylestoon

    Feb 19, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Quality! Such a goood lad!

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  • craigcoozy

    Feb 19, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    anyone remember marcelino breaking his finger nd being out bout3 month ! lol cheik wot a hero

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  • SpaceGhost

    Feb 19, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    give Strolla a driver’s uniform & he’s gonna look like Kato from The Green Hornet *wink*

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  • super bartooon

    Feb 19, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Hope he stays there in detroit with his mask and join the circus I rip out ma hair every time I see him play truth be told he is shite besty million times better

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  • free giveaways

    Feb 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #5

    If Shola, Ben Arfa and Ireland are back soon and stay fit all season a top 7 finish might be realistic.

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  • nobby62

    Feb 19, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    super bartooon you haven`t got a clue, we know shola is frustrating as f, but the way we play we need Shola as our target man now that AC has gone, bet you were the first one punching the air when he was ripping the makems apart.

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  • ArtyH

    Feb 19, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #7

    If the toon view each game as a cup final we have a chance of getting 7th, which would bew great.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #8

    HI HO SILVER 🙂
    Or is it BATMAN??
    ZORRO?
    No no it`s strolla

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  • Gola BamBeobi

    Feb 19, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #9

    super bartooon-We all know shola isnt the best striker ever but he’s probably one of the best, if not, the best striker we have atm. ameobi wins things in the air and is calm on the ball whereas best wins 5% of aerial balls and is a worse version of shola.
    ranger is destined for a very good career but he is far from it.

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  • hadthetshirt

    Feb 20, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #10

    @ craigcoozy are you sure he broke his finger,as I thought he had just got a spelk in it.

    I can just picture number 23 now mask on gum shield in snood around the neck and gloves on and still a lazy beggar :O)

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