Shola boost for Toon

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Shola Ameobi has handed Newcastle a boost ahead of their Intertoto Cup campaign, with the gangly striker informing manager Glenn Roeder he does not require surgery on his hip.

The forward was plagued by the complaint last term and it was expected that the 24-year-old would head for surgery during the close season.

Ameobi visited his consultant this week, with the surgeon informing Ameobi that the problem had settled down.

With Ameobi now not needing to go under the knife, he will be free to spearhead Newcastle's push for a Uefa Cup place.

"It will not be necessary for Shola to have any operation," Roeder told the club's website.

"Instead, he has had a scan on his hip which highlighted the problem and, in the end, the specialist gave him an injection which we hope will clear everything up for once and for all.

"That means that Shola will be available for our Intertoto Cup match in the middle of July, which is good news because if he hadn't, as things stand, we would have been left with just one recognised striker in Albert Luque."