Newcastle United star Sammy Ameobi facing England heartache

INJURY BLOW ... Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi.
INJURY BLOW ... Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi.

SAMMY Ameobi’s facing England heartache – after suffering an injury.

The Newcastle United striker was today being assessed ahead of tomorrow’s Under-21 game against Northern Ireland at Blackpool.

Ameobi wasn’t involved in yesterday’s 1-0 home defeat to West Ham United after picking up what is described as a “slight” hamstring problem.

The 20-year-old – who impressed in last week’s Europa League game against Club Brugge – had been called up by Stuart Pearce for the friendly at Bloomfield Road.

But Ameobi could have to wait for his third cap.

Meanwhile, Ameobi’s elder brother Shola has set off on a gruelling trans-Atlantic journey to Miami to make his Nigeria debut.

The 31-year-old has been called up for their friendly against Venezuela.

Shola, like Sammy, represented England at Under-21 level, but never won a senior call.

Ameobi’s journey is a headache for United manager Alan Pardew, who won’t be able to assess his physical condition until Friday.

Newcastle take on Swansea City at St James’s Park the following day.