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Good News For A Change At Newcastle

9:43 am, Monday, July 22nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

After the 3-1 defeat at the Estadio do Rio Ave on Saturday night, a game in which Shola scored Newcastle’s goal in the second half after coming on as a sub, he picked up an injury to his right wrist and had to come off.

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Shola Ameobi – in action on Saturday night

And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was worried about the potential injury after the game:

“The over-riding worry is Shola, really,” Pardew said after the game.” “Shola’s gone down on his arm, and it looks like he’s having an X-ray.”

However, the local papers are reporting that the X-rays show there is no fracture to the arm or wrist, but of course he will not be able to play tomorrow night against Pacos de Ferreira, so maybe 18 year-old Adam Campbell could get a start up front?

But other than Shola, everybody was fit and well after the game on Saturday, and Alan Pardew seemed happy enough:

“To have no hamstrings and no pulls was a good thing,”

We hope that by hiring performance director Faye Downey as a fitness consultant this season, Newcastle will have a lot less injuries this season, and that would be great.

And with strikers in short supply on Tyneside, don’t be surprised if Alan Pardew blocks Shola from playing for Nigeria in the friendly against South Africa on Wednesday, August 14th, and even for September’s World Cup qualifier at home to Malawi.

Those friendly games are just three days before the Premier League kicks off, and are going to have the managers extremely nervous in case their star players pick up injuries, it seems such a daft time to have friendlies.

But of course Shola could also be leaving Newcastle this summer, but that would now seem to be dependent on how many strikers Newcastle can get through the door this summer.

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Tags: Friendlies · Injuries · Newcastle News · Pre-Season · Shola Ameobi



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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WWYCD // Jul 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Like a new signing him Vuckic HBA all like new signings

  • 2 mumbaNi // Jul 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    We really are scraping the barrel for positives when we celebrate having no injuries.
    Still majorly concerned (friendly or not) that it took us 20mins to wake up… last seasons demons are no banished yet !

  • 3 Slank // Jul 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Scraping the barrel Ed if that’s good news !

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Macas,
    No worries, I’d rather we promoted Liam Bramley from the U16?s to oversee that stage personally, as he is the best coach at the club. That or bring in someone like Paul Clement (Ancelotti’s former assistant at PSG) or Gary White (highly qualified English coach, currently coaching the Guam national team and moving them rapidly up FIFA rankings) to do the role.

    WWYCD,
    Yeah, just checked on his stats, he has 20 in 126, but it works out as a goal every 288 minutes played. That isn’t terrible for a 21 year old who has been mainly used from the bench.

    It is Stoke and Cardiff bidding, a £1million loan fee for the year with a £6million option to buy if he is a success. I’d go for that if I was the club, gives us the option and allows a loan for Campbell without the problems if he flops. Win Win

  • 5 JFK junior // Jul 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Having finally resolved our issues of poor conditioning and injury rehab, shouldn’t be good news. It should go without saying.

    I’m a very positive person, always see the glass as half full, but I’m struggling now with this football club.

  • 6 Toon73 // Jul 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    I thought you were going to say out for the season.

    That would be the best news I’ve had all day.

  • 7 WWYCD // Jul 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Repost
    Lil
    I’d go for that rotation/second striker young potential and could become a regular in the Portuguese team (they have very few strikers) so worth more in a few years

    But he’s not French rules him out haha

  • 8 WWYCD // Jul 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Plus we can’t dream of competing with such giants as Stoke and Cardiff

  • 9 RonVanDam // Jul 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    I dont get why pardew can play players out of position but he’s too pu$$y to switch up formations. If he’s still going to play 4-2-3-1 in the next 10 games, i’ll beg MA to fire his a$$

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    WWYCD,
    Haha, yeah, you could be right, although imagine Ashley’s joy if he was successful on loan and was able to get him for just £6million, he could sell him a week later for more than that! I can see the £ signs in Ashleys eyes already!

  • 11 Tonytoon73 // Jul 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    WWYCD Still a negger with your pitchfork mate. HA HA

  • 12 WWYCD // Jul 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Lil
    Haha too true mate still 6 mill on a 21 year old tis crazy talk!

    Tony
    Haha had to keep up the good fight in ur absence, how u been sir? Long time

  • 13 Tonytoon73 // Jul 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I am fine my friend, ready for a good old fight. HA HA

  • 14 WWYCD // Jul 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Tony
    Haha nothing changed then eh? Welcome back lad

  • 15 Heslop Toon // Jul 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Not sure this is good new Ed

  • 16 North Atlantic Magpie // Jul 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Sadly Shola is going nowhere, trust me :(

  • 17 evildick // Jul 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    surely we’ll sign someone this week.




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