Ameobi tipped for United return

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Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi is in line for a return to the first-team against Manchester United after a knee injury.

The 29-year-old suffered a knock in training prior to Newcastle's defeat to Aston Villa last Sunday.

The club are in the midst of the crisis in attack, with Hatem Ben Afra also yet to return from a broken leg and Leon Best out for the rest of the season.

But manager Alan Pardew said: "It’s good news on Shola.


“The scan’s come up clear, which is really good news.

“We obviously didn’t want to run without him until the end of the season.”

Following defeat at Villa Park, Newcastle lie seven points off the bottom three, and know that another win should assure their safety in the Barclays Premier League for another season.

However with Peter Lovenkrands, whose appearances and good form have been sporadic this season, and Nile Ranger, who is yet to find the net in the Premier Legaue, leading the attack with varied success, Ameobi's return will be greatly received.

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