Injury worry for Shola

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Newcastle have suffered yet another injury setback with the news that Shola Ameobi is set to have a scan on a hip complaint.

The Magpies are down to the bare bones in the striking department and Ameobi could well be joining Michael Owen for a spell in the treatment room.

Ameobi suffered from a hip injury last term and it would appear as if he aggravated the problem in the Tyne-Tees derby draw with Middlesbrough on Monday.

The gangly front-man was withdrawn after a disappointing 45 minutes, but it would appear as if he was hampered by injury at St James' Park.

"It just came on gradually," he told the club's website. "I could feel it grinding during the first half.

"That was the problem I suffered with last season.

"When I had the operation I was told it could flare up again, and that was eight months ago.

"I've been pain-free for a while now after games, but that is the first time I have had a reaction so I will go for a scan and see what the extent of the damage is."

Lee Clark popped up with a last-gasp equaliser for Newcastle on Monday and he revealed after the game that he had been handed a playing contract until the end of the season.

The veteran midfielder rejoined Newcastle in the summer, but was only handed a short-term deal. He has impressed Magpies boss Graeme Souness and will remain at St James' at least until the summer.

"To be here and guaranteed a playing contract until the end of the season is a massive bonus for me and my family," said Clark.

"I'm delighted to be here. This is our home and hopefully it will be for a few more years to come."

Clark could remain on Tyneside in a coaching capacity, as chairman Freddy Shepherd added: "The manager tells me that Lee is a great guy to have around and that he is a key member of his squad.

"And I would love to think that Lee Clark will stay at the club in some capacity once his playing days are over.

"He epitomises everything that is good about a Geordie's character and we are all glad that he is back."