SAMMY Ameobi has been backed to come back stronger from the first injury setback of his fledgling career.
The Newcastle United striker faces up to three months on the sidelines after hurting his knee in a reserve game last week.
Ameobi had established himself as a first-team squad player after making his Premier League debut in the penultimate game of last season.
And the injury is a blow to the versatile 19-year-old – and the club.
Manager Alan Pardew has lost Demba Ba to the African Cup of Nations, and Ameobi – who suffered the injury in a 50-50 challenge in last week’s second-string win over Wigan Athletic – could have been given a chance in his absence. But assistant manager John Carver’s confident Ameobi will come back stronger – mentally and physically – from his time on the sidelines.
“The boy has done exceptionally well,” Carver said. “He needed a game, and that’s why the manager played him (against Wigan) along with one or two other lads.
“When the challenge happened, I thought it was bad. He got up and tried to play on, but the manager said to get him off the pitch.
“Hopefully, he’ll come back stronger.”
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