Ireland, Harper and Ameobi set to miss Man Utd clash?

Ameobi's no-sho?.
Just a brief update ahead of the match against Manchester United tomorrow, and it’s not a good update either as it’s emerged that Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi are ‘major doubts’ ahead of the match at St James’ Park.

Rumours are rife on Twitter and on Sky Sports News over the fitness of the pair, and with Stephen Ireland still not sure of making the game as he tends to his partner in hospital it could leave the hosts looking very thin again. Even thinner than we looked against Aston Villa in fact.

To get anything from Manchester United, a rarity I know, you need to have your best players available. Shola wouldn’t ordinarily have fell into that category, or Stephen Ireland for that matter as we don’t actually know how he is going to play for us yet, but at the moment they are the best of what we have and not having them available will be a big miss.

We could probably cope without Ireland as we have Cheik Tiote coming back from suspension, but with Kevin Nolan out still it will mean another game for Danny Guthrie in the middle of the park I’d imagine.

Tim Krul will obviously deputise for Steve Harper whilst the loss of Shola Ameobi will mean that we are likely to see a forward line of Nile Ranger and Peter Lovenkrands again, which is concerning given the fact that they were largely ineffectual against an out-of-form Aston Villa side.

Nothing is official of course and I guess we’ll have to wait and see whether or not they make it. If you hear anything then let us know. Keep your ears to the ground and keep your eyes peeled.

Oh and keep your fingers crossed!

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76 thoughts on “Ireland, Harper and Ameobi set to miss Man Utd clash?

  1. Mind games. ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    I see ameobi happily put his arms over on John Carver and has taken down the mask to train. Unless somehow he injured somewhere in training.

    bw,is it me or what,Jose enrique don’t even smile at all in training anymore. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  2. Seriously, does it matter if they were all available?
    Man U are desperate for the points.
    We haven’t got a chance!

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  3. Just heard that shola/harps were injury doubts…and didn’t think ireland was gonna start anyway. Well if they’re out then we won’t even scrape a draw, just hope we don’t get hammered.

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  4. Bobby, bit of hope man….

    And whats up with ireland?
    Anyhow I dont care if he is ready for saturday, the game where I could be so happy if we win ๐Ÿ˜›

    And it’s horrible having to say we miss Shola and Best…

    Ide excpect a championship team to be saying that ๐Ÿ˜†

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  5. Ireland’s Mrs is on hospital after a car crash. I’d understand it if he wasn’t right to play to be honest.

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  6. ireland trained today , could be pardew playing his mind games b4 game , i exspect irland will be in the sqaud ๐Ÿ˜›

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  7. @Spencer
    I would love nothing more than for us to beat them, even a draw would be a great result.
    Man utd are hungry and have hit form over the past few months.
    Can’t see anything but a thrashing for us!
    Realistic is the word.

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  8. All over twitter reporters are saying, Ameobi touch-and-go, Harper out and Ireland will feature.

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  9. I can see us getting absolutly smashed aswell bobby ๐Ÿ˜†

    And Davind how do you do that effect ont paint.net? : ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  10. All bets are off this season, let’s face it. But I really cannot see how we’re going to score, and even though we’ve got all our defenders fit I can’t see us keeping them quiet for long. Rooney will be on a mission too.

    Ooh, *******. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  11. The last miracle that happened around Easter was Jesus rising from his Tomb.
    He said to his 12 disciples – leave my bloody Easter eggs alone I will be back on Monday!

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  12. out of all the big 4 this season at home we havent been beaten this season apart from man city , i would say we have a chance

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  13. Not happy about Krul up against this lot – it needs experience. Still, it also needs reaction saves, and Timmehhh is great for that.

    On the bright side, Scholes is out, and he’s always good for a brace against us. ๐Ÿ™„

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  14. Shearer – yep, we’ve beaten Arse, Chelski and the Red Bindippers this season. None of them have taken 3 points at SJP either.

    Ok, so we have no strikers and first choice goalie. But we do have Collo, Jose, Tiote, Jonas and Barton, which is a good core. Guthrie through the middle isn’t ideal, but won’t be disastrous either. Even if you put Raylor out on the right (sorry, Toonsy!) it would give us some options and let Barton loose through the middle. Let’s face it – we may need to score from a set piece to get one past this lot.

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  15. Set piece? Are we referring to set-piece king Ryan Taylor?

    The last set-piece he took resulted in a goal you know, but only because Tiote bust a bollock to keep the ball in play and put in a decent cross.

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  16. shola and harper are just doubts not major doubts, and Ireland will definitely be involved according to pardew

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  17. Whats the matter with harper like?

    Would be interesting to see Krul vs. Van Der Saar before he retires considering Krul has been dubbed the ‘next VDS’.

    Whoever we put out we’ll probably get spanked off Man U and Rooney like usual. ๐Ÿ™

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  18. Yep, I know, I know. But he has shown flashes, and, as the great Blackadder once said: “Need’s must when the devil vomits into your kettle.”

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  19. I hate to say it, but I’d kill to have Judas back for this one. He’s crocked again, mind. Broke his hair or summat. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wouldn’t it be poetic if Ranger finally broke his duck against Manure? He’s got the necessary ****iness too. I just hope Shola’s able to play; he and Ranger are about right against this lot. If Ireland can do a job in place of Nolan, we’ll have a chance of scoring.

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  20. Come on Toonsy – he’s put in a couple of good crosses when we’ve seen him, and among the absolute arse-biscuits of free kicks he’s taken there have been a couple of gooduns.

    I’m not convincing anyone here. Including myself. ๐Ÿ˜†

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  21. Dan – even by the Hate Mail’s standards, it’s a god-awful bit of journalism. It’s obvious they’re having a laugh but they’re just so desperate to stir the ****e they’ll print literally anything. Pathetic excuses for journalists, the lot of ’em.

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  22. Notice the use of ‘appeared to be’ which contradicts the headline. Lawyers at work.

    I ******* hate the press. Absolute waste of carbon, the lot of ’em. I’d vote for any party willing to take the bastids on and force them to account for their lack of accuracy. It’s relatively harmless (in the grand scheme of things) when it’s about football, but when it comes to things like climate change they help to create the misinformation that keeps people from doing anything. Boils me piss, it does.

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  23. It does my head how now other fans will see it and think it’s real, probably some of our own fans too.

    No doubt it will come out that Tiote’s unhappy now and wants out…

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  24. Why would our own site put the picture up if they were fighting? ๐Ÿ˜†

    Daily mail are fools.

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  25. they make headline look bad for us but it even says in it ‘onlookers said they were joking around’.

    So why have that headline then ๐Ÿ™„

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  26. Got us to read it, didn’t it? 2 more on the hit count to show to advertisers. Ed does it too, sadly.

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  27. Aye, they also said Tiote is 34… and have categorised Shefki’s grand total of about 15 minutes playing time as ‘4 appearances’! Haway.

    Moving neatly on topic though… if Shola is out, I say get big Shefki Kuqi on from the start. Ferdinand and Vidic won’t like getting knocked about, Ranger wouldn’t have a chance against the pair of them. Stick Tiote and Barton up the middle, and Ryan Taylor out on the right. We’re not going to out play Man United, so lump it up, hold it up, and hope for the best!!

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  28. From what Shola’s said on the website he will be fit for tomorrow.

    And without his mask as well ๐Ÿ˜†

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  29. Say what you like about Shola, but we`^ll be a better off with him than without him against Manure….

    Iยจd like to think we could coach a draw out of this game, why not ?…

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  30. Munich, Ireland’s been included in the squad for tomorrow so he will more than likely be on the bench ๐Ÿ™‚

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  31. It’s because they can’t be bothered to come ap norwff (or even pay a photographer to take some original pictures).

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  32. Munich, yeah hopefully he comes on for about 20-30 minutes then he will get a start vs Blackpool on Saturday.

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  33. team and subs for tomorrow

    krul
    enrique
    willo
    collo
    simpson
    guti
    tiote
    barton
    raylor
    ranger
    loven

    subs
    ferguson
    saylor
    guthrie
    ireland
    kuqi
    soderberg
    airey

    out injured and banned

    shola
    best
    nolan
    ben arfa
    harper

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  34. Dan you beat me to it from what I have read Shola is fit to play and without his mask.
    As for Ireland I dont know what will happen with him I guess it depends on how his Lass is doing I just hope that she is ok, and he does get to play apart in the game ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  35. Richie I hope for his sake he is as I feel sorry for the Lad if it wasn’t for bad luck he wouldn’t have any luck at all.
    I still believe he can be a real good player for us ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  36. So Toonsy is telling us **** of Twitter etc instead of investigating it properly that needs to be sorted as it very sloppy ๐Ÿ˜†
    Or maybe someone told him it today on the drive-tru ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  37. DJG – I’d shhh about original pictures if I was you. I can assure you that I wasn’t a pitchside photographer at the Wolves game ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜†

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  38. Dave – Dull as **** mate. To much stuff that I already know. I can put out fires now and know which extinguisher to use for which fire ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ™„

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  39. Dave, I’m on the ball with these things ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Toonsy, I’ll just skip a rant and say everything ๐Ÿ˜†

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  40. Dave….unpacking done, 20+boxes to go up to Madrid to be stored though, still got painting to do then admin to sort then try and make some cash cos it’s bloody expensive to shop here ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ™

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  41. Well Richie you should have got Batty to arrange everything and you would have been lying back with a beer in your hand and the sun on your harry halls

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  42. Well for starters it’s every headline he has is just so he can get more hits, presumably off newsnow. He tried to say that the April fool he did about us getting taken over we just a April fool but it was the top story on newsnow so again more hits.

    I hate the way he writes and his words ‘waxes lyrical’ and ‘the Newcastle club’. His jokes that he tries just aren’t funny but the few people that comment think he’s hilarious when he’s just not.

    He doesn’t let anyone else write for him so everything is his opinion and he gets facts wrong all the time and the people that comment believe everything he says as if it’s gospel.

    He posts too many articles so there’s no fluency for comments, I mean you have to post a few a day to keep things ticking over but one every half an hour is just ridiculous.

    Finally, the people that do comment are the ones that say during the transfer window ‘I’ve just seen a player going into the Jesmond hotel, he’s defiantly signing’. That really gets on me nerves.

    Oh.. and them avatars he has are shyte!

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  43. Andrew – You mean when it looked like we were going to struggle to get promoted but came back when it looked like we were ok for promotion?

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