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.