Newcastle Utd’s Ameobi injury blow

Newcastle United's Shola Ameobi
Newcastle United's Shola Ameobi

NEWCASTLE United striker Shola Ameobi faces up to three weeks on the sidelines.

Ameobi missed last weekend’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa with a knock, and won’t be available for tomorrow’s home game against Hull City.

The 31-year-old suffered the problem on his return from international duty.

Ameobi had scored his first goal for Nigeria in a friendly win over Burkina Faso.

The long-serving player is joined in the treatment room by defender Steven Taylor and midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, who both have hamstring problems.

Taylor could miss Newcastle’s next three games, while Gutierrez – who limped out of the opening game of the season against Manchester City – is pencilled to return to training next week.

“We’ve not had the greatest of weeks on the injury front,” Pardew said.

“Steven looks like he’s hurt his hamstring, and has a little period out.

“Shola’s not available again, and could be out for one to three weeks. Jonas is still on the road, but will still train Monday.

“Outside that, all of the team that played at Villa are OK, and the subs are all good to go.”

Meanwhile, Hull manager Steve Bruce has his own injury problems.

Captain Robert Koren has the most serious injury, with a fractured bone in his right foot keeping him out of action for anything up to two months.

Left-back Maynor Figueroa, ever-present so far, is suffering from a groin complaint, but has also been granted compassionate leave to attend to a family problem in Honduras, while Paul McShane, his likely deputy, is out with a hamstring problem.

“The one thing you need is a little bit of luck where these things are concerned, and we’ve lost at least a couple this week,” said Bruce.

“Robert is the main one, we expect him to out for six to eight weeks and that’s a big loss.

“Then there’s McShane and Figueroa, though we don’t expect them to be out for more than a week or 10 days.

“All of a sudden from everyone being OK a week ago, we have got two or three struggling.”