Scan On Shola Ameobi’s Knee Is Clear

The scan on Shola Ameobi’s knee that was done yesterday, has come back clear and shows no damage to the knee.

Shola Ameobi – what the hell’s that?

That’s good news for Newcastle, and there’s now hope that Ameobi can be fit for the game next Tuesday night against Manchester United.

But on the other hand, the club will not risk the Nigerian-born striker, who was a huge loss for the team last Sunday at Villa Park.

It appears Shola took a knock on his knee in training on Saturday, and on Sunday the knee was swollen, and he couldn’t make the game at Villa Park.

Alan Pardew has made it clear he will not risk Shola next week if he is not completely  100% fit, and he told the local Newcastle press corps today:

“It’s good news on Shola.” “The scan’s come up clear, which is really good news.”

“We obviously didn’t want to run without him until the end of the season.”

“We’ve got to protect him now, and make sure that he is involved in as many games as possible.”

“He is a possibility for Manchester United.” “You’re only as good as your last game, and in that sense we lost our best player for Aston Villa.

“It made a difference to our team.” “As well as Nile tried, he’s got a lot more to learn.”

While Newcastle may have a tough job getting anything out of the game with the Red Devils next Tuesday, the game after that, a week on Saturday, is at Blackpool.

And that’s another massive game for Newcastle, much like the Wolves game, and Blackpool  are 4th bottom of the league at the moment, and the Magpies will definitely need Shola for that game.

Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan will be back from his two match suspension for that game, which is also good news.

If Newcastle can win any two of the games against Blackpool, Birmingham and WBA, they can still end up in a fairly good position in the league table.

And way above the bottom three – that’s for sure. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Amazing news,Come on Shola :).


    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Dont want him to play against Man Utd

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #3

    You gotta be kidding me,WWJBD ?. He totally need him to play,we are lost without him. If we had Shola for the Villa game, we could of got something out of the game.

  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Good news, team I would play again Man Utd:

    Simpson, Colo, Willo, Enrique
    Barton, Tiote, Guthrie, Jonas
    Shola Lovenkrands

    I would tempt over chucking young ferguson in at the deep end on the LW and put Jonas on RW with Barton in the middle for Guthrie…

    That Nolito we have been linked with (The lad from Barca) looks quite good, good on the ball, good body strength:


  • MacToon

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Desperation @ NUFC.


    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    @ciaran, Man Utd defence is very physical and the villa game proved to me that without shola we have no chance up front. Shola is already playing injured for us (once again) and Man Utd can easily injure him.

    We need him more for blackpool, birmingham and west brom if hes crocked for them then what are we going to do?

    For the Man Utd game i’d play Ireland just off the striker Ranger or Pete
    Jonas Tiote Barton and Raylor then the standard back 4

    I’ll also be praying the Chicorita gets a stomach bug

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #7


    That’s how I’d line-up against Manure. The only weakness I could see, is Hernandez’ mobility around Wilo, always buzzing around that one.

    With the £35m, we should be replicating Liverpool’s ‘2 for 1’ strategy, I know this sounds farfetched, head in the clouds etc, but if we have real European ambition, spend it on Hulk and Falcao. Instant transformation! Imagine this:


    Subs (to be chosen from): Krul, Simpson, Upson, Saylor, Wendt, Larsson, Gosling, Ireland, Nolan, Best, Shola.

    Possibly play Nolan behind the ST, moving HBA to LWF.

    Yes I’m bored. 🙂

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #8

    WWJBD, I’m with you, save him for the games where there is a distinct chance for points. And don’t try to play him 2 weeks in a row.

    Get Ranger out there & make sure he keeps moving. He needs to find out what he can do, not just fall into the back pocket of his defenders. He is not ready for the big time, but he can learn a few things and build on them.

  • nimo

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Would probably be better with Nile against man u as he’s abit more unorthodox vidic n ferdinand will ave to take shola out there back pocket at fulltime

  • jarra geordie

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Hulk and Falcao ? And people wonder where the stereotype of deluded toon fans comes from….

  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Can’t believe the ambition levels of some fans. Where has this euphoria come from that suddenly Ameobi is a world class striker that we’re in desperate need of. For his height he’s has shocking ariel ability which he hasn’t improved since he first put on a newcastle shirt, granted he’s scored headed goals but he can’t flick it on or hold the ball up.
    And the thing i find most frustrating is when the opposition have the possession in their 3rd he’ll foul them, when there is no need.

  • dave 1961

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m on the side of keeping shola for Blackpool, its too much of a risk for a game we will be lucky to get a point from.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Jarra geordie – I was waiting for the first numb-skull to say something. Read the whole comment.

    If you want my realistic team for next season:


  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 13, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #14

    coolcatcarter89 – Sturridge? I don’t know if he’s the right type of character we need at Newcastle. He came through the reserves and made 11 starts for Man City then asked for £65,000 a week.


    Apr 13, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #15

    if Ranger plays against Man Utd we wont win but he will learn alot from a top class defence. Can only be good for his growth.

    @coolcarter, if thats realistic why is sturridge there? after his recent performances no way chelsea will want to lose him. He may compliment Torres

    Kalou am sure they would part with tho

  • NufcGlen

    Apr 13, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #16

    I think he should be saved for Blackpool.
    Admit it, we’ll probably get beat anyway Ameobi or not and when you have people like Vidic on the field it can get risky adn Blackpool is a bigger game for us.. Plus I would like to see Kuqi get more than ten mins as he put our forwards to shame against villa.


    as you can see I have not made my mind up on the strikers.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 13, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Purely because there doesn’t seem to be many outstanding candidates, within reason. Kalou, he’s 26, not a CF and another African player, no chance.

    The only indication we have, of the calibre of CF we’re looking for, is when AP said “we want someone to come in, who is at the level AC was already.” Or words to that effect. Reason for optimism?

    Oh how I long for September 1st.

  • ochytoon

    Apr 13, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Vidic is a bloody animal. Would rather we saved Ameobi for the Blackpool game cos this ones pretty much already lost. Hate to be negative but I just can’t see the team stepping up to the challenge

  • cheikmate

    Apr 13, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #19

    The team for manure should be:

    Simpson Willo Colo Jose
    Barton Guthrie Tiote Jonas
    If irelands shit, stick on loven.

    My uncertainty is Willo or Taylor, not sure who will do a better job against rooney and hernandez ?


    Apr 13, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #20

    I didnt mean Kalou as a striker. Just pointing out he is a good winger and 26 is still young.

    I still think Sturridge is now out of our reach. Doyle, Crouch and Rodellega are more likely with Obinna and Vela possible (not as our only strikers but as back up)

  • ToonAndy

    Apr 13, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Ok seeing asthough we’re all playing fantasy manager… imagine this…


    Raylor – 2mill
    Perch – 800k
    Smith – 1.5mill
    Campbell – Nearest bin
    Routledge – 3 mill
    Lovenkrands – 1.5 mill
    Shefki kuqi – Retirement
    Ranger – Loan

    = 8.8mill


    Boswinga – Free
    Elmader – Free
    Larrson – Free
    Nolito – 2 mill
    Romaric – 3.5 mill
    Sow – 10 mill
    Gervinhio – 12 mill
    Hulk – 22 mill

    = 49.5 mill – 8.8 = 40.7 mill








    Bench: Barton, Nolan, Elmander, Ireland, Gosling, Nolito, Saylor….

    Probs missed a name or 2 out.. did it quick!

    But what a team!!


    Apr 13, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Replace Hulk with Soldado and Boswinga with Simpson and jobs a good un

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Apr 13, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #23

    I reckon give Airey a go against Man Utd, nothing to lose and he is proper banging them in the reserves, he can’t be much worse than Ranger

  • nimo

    Apr 13, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Hoarau (psg) 10mil
    Sofiane Feghouli (valencia – on loan at almeria) 5mil
    thiago Alcántara(barca) only young so barca may loan out.?
    bojan /=(barca) – not really makin impact they hoped – still quality 8mil

    some young players who we could possibly get and improve the team – players such as boswinga could still get a move to a top european team.

    i also think we should raid a few players from the teams going down


    kevin doyle??

    demba ba

    no thanks (unless charlie fancys it)

    curtis davies


    all decent young players that could do a job

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 13, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #25

    My team for Tuesday.

    …………………….Víctor Valdés ………………

    Dani Alves…Sergio Busquets…Gerard Piqué…Adriano

    Xavi…Javier Mascherano…Seydou Keita

    Ibrahim Afellay…Lionel Messi…David Villa

  • ochytoon

    Apr 13, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Good call

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 13, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #27

    ochytoon, thought so myself and playing our squad players will give the first team a rest for the big game against Blackpool. I also thought we might alternanate between squad and first team for the rest of the season. Give the squad players a chance to show what they can do.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 13, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #28

    I reckon we will play a conservative 4-5-1 to start the game with Shola up front and perhaps Ireland in behind. Tiote will be back to cover the back 4 so hopefully we can keep the score down. 2-0 to them? Wish it weren’t so but they are in great form right now. Probably Berbatov up front for them, and maybe Owen for us to boo at? Give the owner another kick up the rear to remind him to get active in the off season. No more broken promises. Here are 2 rules for Ashley to live by. Rule 1: no lying to the supporters. Rule 2: saying nothing at all is another insult to the people who spend their hard earned money on the team. Be informative and talk to the supporters regularly. What are the chances this man will adopt these rules? Thought so.

  • nimo

    Apr 13, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #29

    I don’t think Xavi is ready for the step up yet

  • ToonAndy

    Apr 13, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #30

    GG … Where’s ameobi??

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 13, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Nimo most of them players wouldnt even make r bench

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 13, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #32

    GeordieTwo, what would be the Point of Ashley talking to us? Who’s going to believe him anyway?

    nimo, Was a bit worried about Saydou myself, but thought that Jonas needs a rest.

    ToonAndy, Ameobi is an impact sub to replace Messi if he’s not up to it.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 13, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #33

    connor_nufc, you’re probably right.

  • nimo

    Apr 13, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Suppose your right Connor our bench looked immense at the weekend, there just players that are decent who we could get on the cheap if there team goes down rodallega IMO better then any striker at club at the min, figuroa good left back seen though we could be losing ours, cleverly although is a man utd player I think gonna be awesome in a few year n that’s just from the bottom team

  • gorskino10

    Apr 13, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Must be bad if Pardew says he is our best player atm, its got soo bad we are calling for anyone lets hope it picks up soon and we get some QUALITY through to door.

  • ToonAndy

    Apr 13, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #36

    I don’t know about you lot… But not only am I lookin for 3 points on tuesday.. I think its a good opportunity to boost out goal difference right up!… maybe a clean cut 5-1 … you read it here first

  • nimo

    Apr 13, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #37

    current squad
    1 Steve Harper (not impressed with him as no.1
    2 Fabricio Coloccini (keep)
    3 Sanchez Jose Enrique (possibly leaving)
    4 Kevin Nolan (keep)
    5 Sol Campbell (gone)
    6 Mike Williamson (prefer better)
    7 Joey Barton (keep)
    8 Danny Guthrie (prefer better)
    11 Peter Lovenkrands (gone, cant hack premiership)
    12 Danny Simpson (keep)
    14 James Perch (reserves)
    15 Dan Gosling (keep)
    16 Ryan Taylor (gone)
    17 Alan Smith (gone)
    18 Jonas Gutierrez (prefer better – great when he wants)
    20 Leon Best (gone)
    22 Stephen Ireland (buy)
    23 Shola Ameobi (prefer better)
    24 Cheik Tiote (best player@club)
    26 Tim Krul (keep)
    27 Steven Taylor (average)
    29 Haris Vuckic (not seen too much heard gr8 things)
    30 Nile Ranger (pull ya finger out lad)
    31 Shane Ferguson (looks good)
    32 Ryan Donaldson (be away with contract expring)
    33 Ole Soderberg (young)
    34 James Tavernier (sounds good)
    37 Hatem Ben Arfa (quality)
    38 Philip Airey (sounds good)
    42 Shefki Kuqi (upsets me how he got a contract n i cant lol)
    47 Bradden Inman (young/average)

    thats the squad we got and my opinions on the players – not too brilliant no pace so would gervinho sow lukaluka but we need to build up with a few good prem players dont need to be 1st teamers straight away

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 13, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #38

    nimo…can’t disagree with most of your player assessments. Definitely wouldn’t pursue Ireland let him go back to Villa. That squad just shows how badly we are lacking in depth and quality, we have some serious amounts of deadwood. If Pardew and the owner don’t pull their fingers out in the summer and add some quality we will be relegated.

  • marcos

    Apr 13, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #39

    I agree with you all. we have got a weak squad at Newcastle United. Most of the players just cannot cut it. We are a big club and we need a very good squad like Bolton or Tottenham. If you can see they have got a squad that can dispute The Premier League without be worried with relegation and they aim a European competition as well. We don`t need to spend a lot of money we must bring the right players, not unknown players please. My name is marcos and my twitter account is marcos_nufc_rj. Thanks.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 13, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #40

    It could be worse lads (and lasses?) we could have Sunderland’s squad.


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