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Injury update: Benny’s back in April. Shola’s back in 10 days.

February 23rd, 2011 | 27 Comments |

Hatem Ben Arfa back from injury in April
Hatem Ben Arfa back from injury in April
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is targeting the match against Wolves on 2nd April for the return of Hatem Ben Arfa. Injuries to other team members are progressing well too.

Ben Arfa was of course crocked by Nigel de Jong whose crunching tackle managed to elicit a double break in Ben Arfa’s leg.

It’s the sort of injury that can knock players out for an entire season, so the fact that he’s making a comeback before the end of this season is good news indeed.

Talking about Ben Arfa’s injury, Pardew said:

You’d like to think he’s got every chance of playing against Wolves.

The Stoke game is probably too soon for him.

He will not be toned up as he has been out for so long. He’s running, but he’s a good month away.(more…)


Early return for Shola thanks to mask for face ache

February 11th, 2011 | 6 Comments |

Shola Ameobi to get mask
Artist's impression
Newcastle United’s Shola Ameobi is targeting a return before the end of the month thanks to a face mask.

Shola is off to the States to be fitted with a face mask by NBA face mask guru Jeremy Murray. Said mask is likely to expidite Shola’s return to first team football, even to the point of him playing before February is out.

Shola had surgery on his fractured cheekbone this week and would normally expect to spend 6-8 weeks sidelined in recovery, but Alan Pardew reckons the specialist mask will allow Shola to play within 2-3 weeks.

Pardew said:

We’ve got good news on Shola. We’re sending him to America.

That’s not the good news by the way, Pardew continues:

There’s a basketball guy who specialises in protective masks for American NBA players. He’s the only guy in the world who does that kind of thing and we’re going to use him to protect Shola’s cheekbone, so Shola could be back in two or three weeks. (more…)


Is it time to make some changes?

November 12th, 2010 | 101 Comments |

Routledge could have a chance to shine tomorrow.
Routledge could have a chance to shine tomorrow.
Defeat to Blackburn on Wednesday night brought us back down to earth with a bump, but another home game pretty much straight away gives us a chance to put things right against Fulham.

It also gives Chris Hughton a chance to give some other players a run-out.

Now I’m not talking wholesale changes, although obviously Joey Barton and Shola Ameobi are going to need replaced because of their respective suspension and injury, but the problem is who to replace those two players with. Much of that depends on whether or not Hughton decides to stick with the 4-4-2 formation that has served us so well in recent weeks. If we do stick with that system then I would personally like to see Nile Ranger and Wayne Routledge brought into the line-up.

Routledge will end up facing his former club, and we all know what happens when one of our former players faces us. Inevitably they usually end up having a stormer, so hopefully we can finally do it to another team and Routledge can show us glimpses of what he was doing last season. (more…)


Injury watch: Taylor out, but Ameobi and Butt “50-50” for Wednesday.

January 25th, 2010 | 31 Comments |

Shola: "50-50" for Palace clash.
Shola: "50-50" for Palace clash.
In an update to our earlier story, more news has come in from Chris Hughton on the Newcastle United injury situation with centre back, Steven Taylor, midfielder, Nicky Butt, and striker, Shola Ameobi.

As reported earlier, the three hapless unfortunates were all knacked in the two titanic encounters with the butchers of West Bromwich Albion, with Shola’s shoulder, Taylor’s knee and Butt’s calf all under the spotlight.

Speaking to NUFC tv, the Stratford Supremo reported firstly on Taylor, saying:

“Steven will miss Wednesday’s game. He tweaked his knee last Monday and we’re still assessing the injury”

Although things are far from certain until all the test results have been assessed, the current Taylor situation seems a long way away from the prognosis of the Times’s North East football scaremonger, George Caulkin, who confidently asserted that the centre back had knee ligament damage that would keep him out for the rest of the season.

Moving on to Ameobi and Butt, Hughton said: (more…)


Hughton: news on wounded troops.

January 25th, 2010 | 83 Comments |

Taylor: Divven't knaa how long yet.
Taylor: Divven't knaa how long yet.
Newcastle United manager, Chris Hughton is playing the waiting game as he counts the cost of two costly games against fierce Championship rivals, West Bromwich Albion.

Firstly, centre back, Steven Taylor “tweaked” his knee in the thrilling 2-2 league encounter with the Midlands club, and the Times’s North East football corresspondent, George Caulkin, had reported that he would be out for the entire season. In the second FA Cup fiasco meanwhile, Fenham hitman, Shola Ameobi feel badly on his shoulder, and old midfield grunter, Nicky Butt, “felt his calf” in the build up to the cup game.

Hughton said on the carnage:

“Steven tweaked his knee against West Brom and we’ll learn more this week on the extent of that one.”

On the Shola shoulder scenario, he continued:

“Shola landed awkwardly on his shoulder at West Brom and he’s another one we assessed but we don’t think it’s anything major”.

Finally, on Butt he concluded: (more…)