Newcastle definitely missed three players who were out yesterday, two suspended and one injured – again.
Shola Ameobi – let’s hope this lad is back – very soon
Top midfield pair Kevin Nolan and Cheick Tiote were suspended after accumulating 10 yellow cards each on the season, and seasoned striker Shola Ameobi was ruled out just before the game yesterday, this time with a knee injury, which makes a change from his usual hamstring problems.
Ameobi will have a scan done today, and Newcastle fans have to hope that it will be a short term injury, otherwise we have no idea who will score the goals for Newcastle in the final six games of the season – maybe Shefki Kuqi gets his time in the sun?
The impressive Leon Best, with 6 goals in 11 league appearances this year, is already out for the season with his ankle injury.
Steve Harper, who is currently topping our Man of the Match poll with 24% of the vote for yesterday’s game, talked to Sky Sports today, about losing players through suspension and injury :
“When you take three massive players out of the heart of your team, it is going to be to the detriment of the team,”
“To be without Kevin Nolan and Cheick Tiote was massive for us – but losing Shola overnight was one too many.”
“Suspensions and injuries are killing us. We knew we had a small squad and that’s why last week against Wolves was a massive result.”
“We’ve got to hope the two big games take a lot out of them this week because they are flying in the league,”
“It will be a very tough game for us against Manchester United, but hopefully they will have two tough games this week and we will have 52,000 roaring us on and a few first-choice bodies back out there.”
Newcastle will play Manchester United a week tomorrow, and will have Cheick Tiote back from suspension, but Nolan will not return until the Blackpool game at Bloomfield Road, on Saturday, 23rd April, which promises to be another cliff-hanger of a game for the Magpies.
Presumably Stephen Ireland is fit again, and could take part in the next game, and it’s a good job Newcastle are only paying Aston Villa for the games Stephen actually plays, because he was signed on loan 10 weeks ago today, and has been unavailable through injury, and he couldn’t play yesterday against his own club.
The only chance Newcastle will have against Manchester United is because the fixture is very crowded for the Red Devils at the moment, and that’s only because of their vast success again this season.
They have a game against Chelsea in the quarter finals of the European Champions League tomorrow night, and take a 1-0 lead from Stamford Bridge into their home game at Old Trafford.
That’s followed by an FA Cup semi-final tie against Manchester City this coming Saturday, and therefore they may be a bit tired at St. James’ Park a week tomorrow.
Anyway, that’s what we are hoping for – that they will be completely knackered – to use the Geordie vernacular. 😀
Howay The Lads!!