Two of Newcastle’s top local youngsters will be out of action for a while, after picking up injuries recently.
Michael Richardson – out for three months with ankle injury
19 year-old Michael Richardson has an ankle injury, and he will be out of action for up to two months.
And our other 19 year-old local lad Sammy Ameobi was injured in the 3-1 Reserve team win against Wigan Athletic earlier this week, and he is also ruled out for up to three months with a knee injury.
Richardson joined the club 18 months ago after starring for Walker Central in the local leagues, and he gave up his job as an electrician with the Newcastle City Council, and the lad has been impressive in the black and white stripes of Newcastle for the Reserve side.
The development squad were forced to train indoors last week because of high winds, and as luck would have it, Richardson fell on his ankle and will now be on the sidelined for a while.
Reserve-team coach Willie Donachie talked about Michael and his injury:
“Michael’s going to be out for a couple of months. When we were in the indoor barn last week having a game, because it was very windy, he went over on his ankle.”
“He’s ruptured his ankle ligaments. He was doing well.” “He’s got a great attitude, and he’ll be out for three months.” “But we all expect him to be back soon.”
“Michael’s a great example to everyone. He’s came here from non-league football, and his attitude’s tremendous.” “He understands what it’s like to have a real job.”
“He came here and is now getting paid for kicking a ball about.”
Richardson spent some time at Leyton Orient on loan earlier this season, and appeared four times for the London side with one goal against Southend United.
And it was more bad news last Tuesday afternoon when Sammy Ameobi suffered a bad knee injury in the Reserve team 3-1 win against Wigan.
Sammy Ameobi – cheer up lad – it’s not that bad 😀
Sammy had to come off just before the hour mark and the bad news is that he could be out for a number of months – with an estimate being thee months.
Sammy Ameobi has been on the bench a lot of times for the first team this season, and has made 13 appearances with one goal, and he picked up two caps for the England U21 side last November.
That one goal was the great match-winner he scored at Scunthorpe United in the Carling Cup last August to get Newcastle a 2-1 win after extra time.
And this is what Sammy told the Newcastle web-site today:
“I’d had a good start to the season so to have an injury like this has just killed me a little bit. It’s going to be tough mentally for me to get round it, but hopefully I’ll be able to so and get back as soon as possible. That’s the plan.”
“It was just a 50-50 challenge and I came off worse, but that’s football. Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn’t but hopefully I can come back from this stronger than ever.”
“It’s deep bruising in my bone on the left side of my knee. It’s all swollen up but they have to treat it like it’s a fracture so that’s why it’s going to be such a long time.”
“I’d say it’s the second bad injury I’ve had, but the first one was when I was in the Academy. But obviously since I’ve got to where I am today, this is the first big blow so hopefully I’ll get back soon. It’s just about patience, really.”
“It’s nice that everybody has given me so much attention and I’m glad that people have said they can’t wait to get me back soon, so hopefully I’ll be able to do that for them and come back stronger.”
“Stuart Pearce called me yesterday and consoled me, which was good.” “He basically said ‘get well soon,’ and I think he wants me to come down when they play at Middlesbrough against Belgium in February, to see the boys, so I’d love to do that.”
“To know that I was going to be part of his plans is obviously a good thing so hopefully when I’m back, I’ll continue to be part of his plans and go from there.”
“And as for Newcastle, I’ll be coming to all the games I can. It’s the team I support, the team I love, so I’ll be there whenever I can.”
That’s good man management by Stuart Pearce and it’s great he’s keeping Sammy involved with the young England side.
Injuries are part of the game of football of course, but this is still a bit of a setback for the lad and for Newcastle too.
And we have to hope that Sammy will be back sooner rather than later, and get some more sub appearances and perhaps some goals before the end of the season.
Best of luck to both these young players at the club.