We had mentioned this morning that we didn’t want Leon Best playing in the European qualifying game on Saturday evening, in case he further damaged his ankle.
Leon Best – after scoring one of his 6 goals this year
And after traveling to Dublin to join the squad, so the Ireland medics could check out the injury – how’s that for trust – they have seen that Leon cannot play on Saturday night, and he has now returned to Newcastle for further treatment. Let’s hope that the travel did not hamper the ankle.
So Leon has now officially been withdrawn from the Ireland squad, so he now has 10 days to get ready for what’s really important, and that is Newcastle’s next game at home to Wolves.
Ireland play Macedonia on Saturday evening in a European Champions qualifier, and then play Uruguay in a friendly three days later, and how many players after that will return injured to their clubs and not be available for the game the following Saturday is a good question.
It should give Leon some confidence that he is now reckoned to be the best striker at the club, and that he was missed last Saturday, when Newcastle couldn’t even get close to putting the ball into the back of the Stoke net.
Whether he likes it or not, Leon Best is now an important player for Newcastle through the end of this season, and if he can score a few more goals – he has 6 in 11 appearances for Newcastle already this year – he could become a hero on Tyneside.
Go for it Leon, you’ve done just great so far!!