We knew Shola Ameobi was only 50-50 for the game tonight against Manchester United.
Steve Harper with Joey Barton
But it was news to us last night when Sky Sports reported that Steve Harper will also have a late fitness test on an injured knee. Apparently he had an injection into the knee yesterday, and that may clear it up.
It’s the first time we’ve heard of Steve Harper even being injured, so we are not sure when this occurred.
If it’s another training ground injury then we are starting to get a little worried with the number of injuries the players are picking up in training.
If Steve cannot make it for this important game, it will be a bit of a blow to the side, but hopefully young Tim Krul can come in, and have a good game tonight.
If Shola Ameobi fails to make the game, we’re not sure who will deputize, but our best bet is that Shefki Kuqi will finally get a start, and that’s simply because there seems nobody else available.
Nile Ranger did not have the best of games last time out at Villa Park, and he will in all likelihood be used as a second half substitute by Alan Pardew.
It’s an important game tonight, and a defeat will be the 4th defeat in 5 games for the Magpies, so the lads must try to get something out of this game, since Newcastle are not yet safe on 39 points, just 6 points above the drop zone.