Shola Ameobi

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Shola Ameobi will be out of action for at least a month after suffering a hamstring injury against Wigan at the weekend, Alan Pardew has revealed.

He felt it just a few minutes after coming on as a 68th minute substitute, but played on and helped the Magpies gain a vital win.

But it has come at a cost as he will now be sidelined for the next few games, and Pardew believes the experienced striker's presence will be missed in the weeks ahead.

"Unfortunately we lost Shola on Saturday so he's going to be out now for, we think, four to six weeks," Pardew said.

"That's a blow to us. He pulled a hamstring after about three minutes of coming on, and still played on which just goes to show you what sort of a character he is.

"He's going be a loss to us and I think our fans will see that now, how important he is when he's not there."