A Masked Man Seen Training At Newcastle United


The good news about Ben Arfa this morning has been backed up by more good news about Shola Ameobi, who has returned to training at Newcastle.

Shola Ameobi – we need a photo of him in his mask!

Shola is now back from Detroit, where he traveled last Thursday to get his individual face mask fitted by specialist Jeremy Murray,

And the Nigerian-born striker, who has 294 appearances and 68 goals for the Magpies, was said to be all smiles at the club’s Benton HQ yesterday.

Alan Pardew will skip the game against Bolton, and get the big striker ready for the Everton game at home a week come Saturday.

This is what Alan said today about the 6’2″ striker:

“Shola’s running now and has his mask.” “He knows he’s got his work cut out to get back in this team.”

“Peter and Leon weren’t first choice at the start of the season. But they have worked hard and are doing well.”

Steven Taylor also came through an intensive training session for the second day running, following his hamstring problem he picked up against West Ham, and he will be available to play on Saturday, but will probably end up on the bench.

And of course his namesake, Ryan Taylor,  is also fully fit again and he hasn’t been part of the action since last October, and we think Ryan can do a good job for Newcastle for the remainder of the season.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the injury situation today:

“Ryan is back and available and he will be looking forward to it, of course.”

“But Danny Guthrie will not be involved on Saturday, and Tim Krul has a little knock but he’ll be OK.”

“Peter Lovenkrands will be fine, I’m sure of it.”

We would expect the Newcastle bench to be a lot stronger on Saturday and expect both Taylors to be sitting there at 3:00 pm on Saturday, when the lads can hopefully get another valuable 3 points at the expense of Bolton Wanderers.

Who knows we could even be 7th top come Saturday evening.

Comments welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 23, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Good week and a half rest, I would expect the boys to be up for this one, but Bolton are no mugs. I reckon a narrow win by the odd goal for us.

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  • BeeGuy

    Feb 23, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #2

    NUFC the Mayo Clinic of England. Now we learn Guthrie is out, and HBA not until April (maybe) and Gosling has fallen off the radar. How long till AP has to erect a series of mirrors at SJP to project the image of a full squad on the pitch?

    And come May, we will here “we didn’t want to risk the lad(s) so we will hold him (them) over to next year?

    I just hope the wages of these perennially injured are being paid by some insurance policy.

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  • lesh

    Feb 23, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Ah ha, so Overseas’s popped up here now! A real will-o-the wysp!

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  • supervil

    Feb 23, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #4

    BeeGuy – You hope? More like you’re living in cloud cuckoo land.

    Can’t imagine there be an insurance company on the planet that would pay out for injured players – never mind injured Newcastle United players.

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  • lewman

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #5

    if they get injured on international duty then we get help. if not then its mike who pays the bill.

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  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 23, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #6

    When is Ireland back in training because you hear a date and what you have to do is ad a month on top then your somewhere close to the truth, if he isnt back soon then what actually was the point in bringing him in, he might have to be Barton’s replacement at this rate.

    Anybody think that Leon Best has a huge amount more in his game then Strolla and is still quite young and we havent exactly missed Strolla at all have we??

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  • yorkshire toon

    Feb 23, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #7

    HI CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHEN PLAYERS ARE INJURED DO THEY GET FULL PAY AND WHO PAYS IT ???

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  • yorkshire toon

    Feb 23, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    AND HOW LONG HAS JONAS AND FAB GOT LEFT ON THERE CONTRACTS ???

    THINK ITS 2 YEARS

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  • kilcline

    Feb 23, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Should have flogged him to brum, sh1t

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 23, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Yes you get paid while injured and he’ll be paid the same amount as if he were fully fit. Basically we got fracked becasue we loaned a player who wont be fit so we are just giving the game money to chill in Newcastle I think

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  • spanishtoon

    Feb 23, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Good piece here….all credit to Pardew
    http://www.postmatchpint.com/?p=418

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