Chipped bone ends Shearer’s season

Last updated : 30 April 2003 By Martyn Elliott

The chipped bone in his ankle requires eight weeks of rehabilitation, but fortunately there is no ligament damage and it should not be a long-term problem.

However it does leave us short of someone to put the ball in the back of the net in our two remaining fixtures, unless Shola Ameobi can reproduce his Champions League form.

Shearer is expected to be fit in time for pre-season training.