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.
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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