Newcastle Utd boost over Shola Ameobi injury

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NEWCASTLE United boss Alan Pardew has received a striker boost with Shola Ameobi appearing to have escaped a serious arm injury.

The striker was assessed yesterday after falling awkwardly in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Portuguese side Rio Ave.

Ameobi scored after coming off the bench at the Estadio do Rio Ave, but he left the field before the end of the friendly clutching his right wrist.

And United manager Alan Pardew – who has few striking options available to him – feared he will be without the 31-year-old for some time.

“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 Gazette understands that there is no break or fracture to the arm, although Ameobi may not be fit enough for Tuesday’s game against Pacos de Ferreira.

The rest of Pardew’s players reported no problems after the game, Newcastle’s second pre-season friendly.

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

Ameobi – who has a year left on his United contract – has been linked with a summer move away from the club.

Birmingham City and Middlesbrough have been mentioned as possible destinations for the long-serving frontman, but with doubts remaining over Papiss Demba Cisse’s future, Newcastle are unlikely to sanction any move until they get a couple of strikers into the club this summer.