Friday 13 January 2012
Newcastle United striker Sammy Ameobi has vowed to come back stronger after suffering a serious knee injury.
The 19-year-old Magpies frontman picked up the injury during a reserve team outing against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday and will miss the next few months of the season.
"I'd had a good start to the season so to have an injury like this has just killed me a little bit," Ameobi told the club's official website (nufc.co.uk).
"It was just a 50-50 challenge and I came off worse, but that's football"
- Sammy Ameobi
"It's going to be tough mentally for me to get round it, but hopefully I'll be able to so and get back as soon as possible. That's the plan.
"It was just a 50-50 challenge and I came off worse, but that's football. Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn't but hopefully I can come back from this stronger than ever.
"It's deep bruising in my bone on the left side of my knee. It's all swollen up but they have to treat it like it's a fracture so that's why it's going to be such a long time."
Ameobi, younger brother of Newcastle striker Shola, has made 10 Barclays Premier League appearances this season, nine of those coming on as a substitute.
He has also won two caps for the England Under-21 side, and revealed a phone call from manager Stuart Pearce after his injury gave him a timely boost.
"Stuart called me on Thursday and consoled me, which was good," he added. "He basically said 'get well soon,' and I think he wants me to come down when they play against Belgium in February, to see the boys, so I'd love to do that.
"To know that I was going to be part of his plans is obviously a good thing so hopefully when I'm back, I'll continue to be part of his plans and go from there.
"And as for Newcastle, I'll be coming to all the games I can. It's the team I support, the team I love, so I'll be there whenever I can."