Good news today that Shola Ameobi has been cleared to play without the mask that has been protecting his broken cheek-bone, as it has healed.
Shola Ameobi – will not be wearing mask again – good news
Ameobi broke his cheek-bone in the first half at Fulham in early February, and then traveled to Detroit to get a special mask fitted, so he could continue playing.
However, the Nigerian born striker was warned that if he broke it again, the surgeon couldn’t operate on it – but it seems the cheek-bone has now healed fully enough to enable him to play without the mask.
Shola trained this morning without the mask, and seemed relieved to be able to play without it. He had said recently that it hurt him, if didn’t head the ball exactly on his forehead, which is almost impossible to do every time.
But that didn’t stop Shola scoring a beautifully headed goal just before half time, in the game against Wolves a couple of weeks ago.
This is what Shola told the official site this afternoon:
“It’s one of those things which was uncomfortable but had to be done because health is the most important thing, and it did the job that was asked of it,”
“It helped me to play a few games and I helped the team gather as many points as we could, but now the time has come where I feel confident enough in the cheek and I’m glad to be available to play on Tuesday without any hindrance.”
“It’s been the required amount of time now. It was advised that maybe I should wear it until the end of the season but at the end of the day, it depends how I feel and how comfortable I am.”
“And I’m confident enough now that I can go out there and be sure that it’s going to be alright.” “It’s strong enough now. The bone’s healed – obviously, when you break it it’s in a brittle state and it’s harder to put together if it’s tapped again.”
” But the bone’s fully healed now and like I say, I’ve got the confidence now to go and hopefully help us get something out of the game on Tuesday.”
Love him or hate him you cannot say Shola isn’t committed to the Newcastle cause, but we are more worried right now about that dodgy knee of his, and hope he’s fully fit to play against the might of Manchester United tomorrow night.
If it’s not thing it’s another.