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The Daily Mail is reporting today that the Irish striker, who was recently withdrawn from the Ireland squad that beat Macedonia 2-1, may need an operation on the ankle.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