Shola Ameobi Taking Bigger Risk Than We Thought

It seems that Shola Ameobi is taking a bigger risk in playing weeks after he broke his cheek-bone than we realized.

A close-up of Shola Ameobi’s face mask

Not surprisingly there were reports yesterday of Shola playing well in his mask, but today we find out that if he breaks it again, then the surgeon has said he cannot operate on it. Then what happens?

This is what Shola told Sky Sports:

“I know I’ve taken a big risk because the surgeon has told me if it does go again he won’t operate because it would be too dangerous,”

“The mask is made of the material they use in bullet-proof glass and it’s see-through so aesthetically it’s not too bad.”

“It is molded to my face, but when you do move around and sweat that creates a bit of movement that ideally you wouldn’t want.”

“Having something on your face you’re not used to is strange. It’s not so much the fact it’s there, it’s making sure you don’t think about it and just get on with it.”

“Any little thing that distracts you like that will put you off your game, and it’s trying to get over that mental hurdle and just dealing with it.”

We suppose the good news is that Newcastle have very few games in the next month,  and in fact only have Stoke a week on Saturday and then Wolves at home two weeks after that – so hopefully that should give Shola some time for the cheekbone to heal more than it has right now.

But of course Shola will be training with the lads during the week, and we suppose an injury could even happen in practice, heaven forbid.

But  that’s what the bullet-proof mask is for – to protect the face until it heals completely.

Shola looked quite good on Saturday, and we’ve always known the lad had a lot of courage, and he doesn’t always get the credit he deserves from Newcastle fans for the stuff he’s willing to do for Newcastle United. He’s a good lad is Shola.

What we need from the 29 year-old from the playing side of things are a few goals through the end of the season, and we suppose he’ll be wearing the mask right through until the very last game on May 22nd, when we are at home to WBA and hopefully safe in the league.

It’s not the first time Shola has played for Newcastle injured, but there’s also no doubt that with Andy Carroll gone, Newcastle need the local lad big time.

With Blackpool’s 3-1 defeat at home to Chelsea last night, that’s another side below Newcastle in the league, who have thankfully not gained on us this weekend, and of course we still have to visit Bloomfield Road on 23rd April, where we lost 2-1 last season in the Championship.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 8, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Get out of here! What’s Shola after, the “George Cross”? You can see that the mask is especially build out on the right hand side to protect his cheek. Send him out to Afghanistan on a squadies wage. Then tell me he’s taking a big risk.

  • stuart no9

    Mar 8, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    im not a big fan of sholas, but the one thing you can say about him , is that he is loyal to nufc , wiyhout a doubt, however taking a risk with that thing stuck on his face!!! they are made to protect, even so nufc have took a risk with him since he was a nipper, pay back time?

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Mar 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Well German,Totally agree with ya.

  • repo

    Mar 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Doesnt matter cause he is scared to go for a header when i defender comes flying in..

    soft as shite and wish we would sell him in the summer.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Mar 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5

    LOL REPO !.

  • terencelim

    Mar 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s maybe the luckiest man on earth, a great pretender on the training ground too, but always play shit when come to the real battle field.

    Release him in a summer for free, it doesn’t matter.

  • heavenfire

    Mar 8, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m with you there, Ed, Shola’s a really good lad and a pretty good striker with a proven record. In my view – not withstanding his proneness to injury – he’d have been all the better for a bit more trust from managers and a bit more support from the ‘fans’ who seem to only appreciate the headless-chicken pitch-bully type of player. He’s still a Premier League player.


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