Shola Ameobi has picked up another hamstring injury and will be out of action for up to six weeks.
Shola Ameobi – yet another hamstring injury
Injuries have blighted Shola Ameobi’s eleven seasons on Tyneside as part of the first team squad, and he picked up his injury against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Shola is only available for about half the season, because of his persistent injuries, but luckily Newcastle still have Leon Best, Demba Ba and Peter Lovenkrands as experienced strikers at the club.
And center-back Mike Williamson is still out for another four weeks or so, and it could be that Steven Taylor will need to wear a mask after breaking his nose in the second half on Saturday.
It will be interesting to see if Steven is sent over to America to get fitted for a mask, like Shola was earlier this year, after he broke his cheek-bone.
And surprisingly Steve Harper has been loaned out to Brighton and Hove Albion for a month, and will play in tonight’s game at West Ham United, where he will come up against his former captain Kevin Nolan, and former manager Sam Allardyce.
Steve is keen to play and will not get many games at Newcastle this season, with Tim Krul in such great form this season for the Magpies.
Alan Pardew explained Steve’s loan deal this morning:
“Harps is keen to play.” “It is a real coup for Brighton.” “Steve has been unfortunate to have Tim Krul come through in the way he has.”
“He is a top young keeper and will play at the top for years to come.”
That could also mean that Newcastle will play Rob Elliot in goal for the game at Blackburn on Wednesday evening in the Carling Cup, although Tim Krul could play because it’s such an important game for the club, and a win will take the lads through to the last eight of the competition.