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Ameobi causing Roeder concern

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Shola Ameobi has not yet returned to training and his continued absence is causing Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder some concern ahead of their Intertoto Cup campaign.

 

Newcastle took the decision to enter the Intertoto Cup in order to secure a route into Europe for next term, which has prompted an early return to training for the players.

 

Ameobi, though, only recently had an injection in his hip and is not yet ready to start training.

 

With Alan Shearer now retired, Michael Owen injured and Michael Chopra having moved on, Newcastle have a dearth of attacking options.

 

"Shola only had an injection two weeks ago and unfortunately, he's been unable to return to training," said Roeder.

 

"He's near to returning and hopefully he will early next week.

 

"What he's feeling is a little bit of needle soreness because of the probing around they did to get the right spot. He's still feeling sore where the needle went in.

 

"We were hoping he could return on Wednesday with the others, but he wasn't able to because of the pain.

 

"At the moment, he's in the physio room working on other things and as far as July 15 is concerned, I'd have to say he's touch and go.

 

"If he doesn't return next week, it would be asking a lot for him to play.

 

"We'd be asking him to go into a full-blooded game with just 10 days' training under his belt."

 

Should Ameobi fail to pass the doctor, Albert Luque and James Milner are likely to be asked to lead the line against either Keflavik or Lillestrom on July 15.

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oh man ...

 

Almost starting to forget how crap he is, but thinking about it now is making me twitch :D

 

I so wish he would just be gone.

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oh man ...

 

Almost starting to forget how crap he is, but thinking about it now is making me twitch  :D

 

I so wish he would just be gone.

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Butt and Faye up front for you then?

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