Shola returns from Detroit. Alan Pardew has enjoyed a boost with Shola Ameobi set to ease the burden on makeshift strike pair Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best after making a successful return to training. Ameobi had been in Detroit to be fitted with a protective mask after breaking his cheekbone earlier this month, and Pardew hopes the 29-year-old striker will be available for next week's visit of Everton. Alan Pardew: "Shola's running now and has his mask. "He knows he's got his work cut out to get back in this team. "Peter and Leon weren't first choice at the start of the season but they have worked hard and are doing well."