Has Leon Best’s Ankle Flared Up Again?

Some potential bad news today that Leon Best’s ankle injury may have flared up – again?

Leon Best – has ankle flared up recently?

That’s about the last bit of news we wanted to hear,  before Newcastle’s important game against Wolves on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

The Daily Mail is reporting today that the Irish striker, who was recently withdrawn from the Ireland squad that beat Macedonia 2-1, may need an operation on the ankle.

And of course the injury kept him out of the nightmare game at Stoke almost two weeks ago, when Newcastle were humbled 4-0, and left just 4 points above the drop zone.

It appears that Newcastle are hoping (and praying?) he can play in at least the next two games.

But the Tyneside club should be more cautious about this injury, after Danny Simpson played on his injured ankle over the last few games of last season, and was then out injured until last October.

Alan Pardew will hope Best plays in the games against Wolves at home on Saturday, and Aston Villa away and then presumably the Newcastle medical staff will reassess whether Leon can keep on playing on the ankle.

Since Andy Carroll was injured at the end of December, and then left the club in January, Leon Best has been one of the few strikers who has proved he can score goals.

Best has looked good in getting 6 goals in only 11 appearances, and if Leon is not available through the end of the season, we wonder who will score the goals?

But the Daily Mail report does not say whether the flare up is the one that happened almost a week ago, or whether the Irishman’s ankle has flared up within the last few days, so that’s unclear.

Let’s hope we can get an injury update from Alan Pardew today on the condition of Best’s ankle, and that it’s not too bad.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • arfa chance

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Eeek never thought id say this at the start of the season but We need him. Leon best is mint lol

  • arfa chance

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    1st and all that jazz by the way

  • acuna

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Ameobi will score a hat-trick

  • damonmwade

    Mar 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    lets hope your right acuna this is a MUST win and Should win game if shane ferguson makes an appearance i quite fancy him for a goal

  • geoff777

    Mar 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Pardew’s got it covered.

    The man’s a football genius.

    Kuqi our new No9 … who needs an England centre-forward?

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    acuna? we’ve been saying something like this for the last 5 years – he has always been capable of it and if he does it now his whole repution will be transformed – but ……

  • arfa chance

    Mar 31, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Nolan to notch
    and best if he plays for me ! We need these 3 points hopefully We put in another 3 nil hammering

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 31, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    now it could be reading’s Shane Long to solve our CF problems! or is he just one more to add to a Long list of second rate players at the right price?

  • arfa chance

    Mar 31, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Ummm shane long not to sure about him. Anyone seen him play much

  • Stuart

    Mar 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Do me a favour Geoff,

    Shut the f**k up.

    Everyone knows Kuqi was just backup, hes not our new number 9.

    Would it kill you for just once not to drag every single post on this blog into this neverending arguement?

    Have you ever actually SUPPORTED the club instead of slating it?

  • Klatoon

    Mar 31, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #11

    We need Best against Wolves,if he doesnt make it then it should be Ranger alongside Shola who wasnt too bad in that 1st half against Stoke. I really feel Lovens should be dropped to the bench on Saturday,he’s had so many consecutive starts and failed to produce,maybe he’s better as an impact sub.

  • Davies

    Mar 31, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #12

    I live just down the road from Reading these days and a lot of my friends are Royals supporters. I just texted one of them and he says that Long is in VERY good form at the moment and is having his best season there. He’s similar to Keving Doyle, but not quite as good yet. Same work rate apparently.

    Worth a punt, I’d say. Probably pretty cheap.

  • bollokheed

    Mar 31, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #13

    really hope best plays, he makes the opposition nervous and he gets goals,cant see anyone else scoring imo, please ed put the links back on the bottom of the page,i’m too lazy to keep scroling up lol ,, hwtl

  • Davies

    Mar 31, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #14

    They’re not so fussed about Simon Church, by the way. Saw him linked recently.

  • nyctoon

    Mar 31, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #15

    cant wait for wolves this sat….anyone have an update on ireland? we finally gonna see this lad or still no return date as per physio room?

  • Burni

    Mar 31, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    stuart ……. you ledge….. theres a few of em on here mate. funny I read a comment earlier by one who was extremely negative and stated that the reason why other teams fans think were thick is coz we have optimism…… nothing to do with people who cant get over the fact that newcastle are no longer a MASSIVE team just a well supported one…….

    I truly hope Best is aal reet for at least the next two games, the ones we NEED him for….. mind…… we all know lovenkrands AND ameobi can put them away as long as the service comes in. Either way if best is fit or not lets hope Barton and Jonas are on their ‘A’ games

    will be cheering the lads on from me usual level 4 perch on Saturday and im still feeling optimistic!!!

    fingers crossed

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 31, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #17

    It has been reported on several occasions when Best has had ankle injections. I don’t know when the law of diminishing returns kicks in on such procedures, but one hopes that Best’s career is not being sacrificed to get a few sub-par performances from him. AP should consider going to the 4-5-1 with Nolan behind Shola/Ranger if Best is too crocked to make a winning impact.

  • Sav

    Mar 31, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Shane Long would be great but we need to ensure we are in the Prem first and its down to Best, Shola and Ranger to make sure.


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