Newcastle have just confirmed on their web-site, that striker Leon Best will be out several weeks, as he recovers from a knee ligament injury.
Leon Best – will be out several weeks with knee injury
The 25-year-old Ireland International striker damaged his left knee after only 12 minutes of the game on Sunday, after a tackle by Stephen Warnock, during the 2-1 Premier League victory over Aston Villa.
As it turns out Warnock was also involved with injuring Ryan Taylor 18 minutes later, and Ryan now has a very sore right ankle, and both of Stephen’s tackles seemed to be a little wild, but he was never given a yellow card.
And just how Yohan Cabaye is out for three games for his altercation with defender Adam El-Abd in the FA Cup at Brighton, we have no idea.
Stephen’s two tackles on Sunday both seemed to be a lot worse that what Yohan did, and it’s about time the referees were a lot more consistent in the Premier League.
A Newcastle club statement said:
“Newcastle United can today confirm that Leon Best has sustained medial ligament damage to his left knee.”
“The striker was forced off in the early stages of Sunday’s home victory over Aston Villa having picked up an injury while trying to get a shot away.”
“After being assessed by the club’s medical staff, Best underwent a scan on Tuesday and will be out for a number of weeks.”
Best was replaced by debut boy Papiss Cisse, who was signed by Newcastle from SC Freiburg for £9M, and the 26 year-old scored a magnificent winner in the 71st-minute.
Best has had a decent season, and may have gained from playing with both Ba and Cisse for the remainder of the season, but it will now be a number of weeks before he can do that.
It’s usually around six weeks for someone to recover from knee ligament damage, according to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
We wish Leon the best (sorry for the pun) in having a rapid and full recovery.