Roeder reveals Shola hunger
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Glenn Roeder has revealed that Shola Ameobi is battling to be fit.
Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has revealed that Shola Ameobi is battling to be fit to partner Obafemi Martins against Fulham at the weekend.
Both strikers have been carrying knocks, but Martins seems set to win his race and Roeder claims Ameobi is champing at the bit to do likewise.
Ameobi has been carrying a hip complaint for over a year, but the international break has handed him a glimmer of light and Roeder feels he will seize the chance.
"If Shola Ameobi manages to climb off the treatment table on Saturday, he will be making a heck of a statement as to how much he wants to play for Newcastle United," Roeder told the club's website.
"He is desperate to get back into the team and form a partnership with Oba Martins, and this is something he is looking forward to.
"Whether that happens on Saturday, I don't know, but what I do know is that at the start of the week, he had absolutely no chance."
Giuseppe Rossi has added to Newcastle's attacking options, but Roeder is unlikely to rush the Manchester United loanee into action.
"Seppe has been away with the Italian Under-21 squad this week and been involved in the two games with Iceland and Austria," added Roeder.
"He has since been back to Manchester to pick up his gear, but he is here now and he will train with us today and tomorrow.
"We will get to know him and he will get to know us and then we will decide about Saturday.
"Although he never said anything directly to me, I know that Sir Alex Ferguson trusts me to look after the boy - and don't forget, he is still only 19."