Newcastle Have Striker Problem For Maritimo

Alan Pardew has said today that he is waiting on the fitness of Shola Ameobi, who was due to start alongside Papiss Cisse in Newcastle’s 5th Group D game in the Europa League tomorrow night at St. James’ Park.

Shola Ameobi – has groin problem

Shola has struggled with niggly little injuries all his career at Newcastle, and the manager had this to say about Shola today:

“The only one we are a little bit concerned about is Shola. He’s got a slight groin niggle, so we are going to have to see how he shapes up for tomorrow’s game”.

Shola is needed tomorrow night so that Alan Pardew can rest Demba Ba, but it may be that he will bring in either Xisco or even Nile Ranger to the squad – if Shola is ruled out.

But we shouldn’t be playing both Ba and Papiss tomorrow night against Maritimo, when we have Sunday’s very important Premier League game at Southampton.

It could have been a chance for young Adam Campbell to come in, but he’s injured and out until the new year, so we could see potentially Nile Ranger given a game tomorrow night, although Sammy Ameobi can play up front alongside Papiss Cisse too.

This is not particularly good news, with Alan Pardew looking to make a number of changes to the side from last weekend, so that he has some of our top players fresh for the important Southampton game.

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