It looks like it’s going to be a lot longer than six weeks that Leon Best is out for, and indeed it seems he will not return this season.
Leon Best tackled by Warnock – out for the season
Leon Best damaged his knee ligaments when he was tackled by Stephen Warnock in Sunday’s 2-1 win, and it was initially thought he would be out for around six weeks, but in the last day or two it looks like the prognosis is that he will not return this season.
Of course we do have Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba up front, but Leon was the third striker at Newcastle, and now the back-ups will be Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands, who is likely to leave Newcastle in the summer when his contract runs out.
Alan Pardew held his press conference for the Tottenham game, and this is some of what he had to say:
“I think it will be very doubtful that we will see Leon again this season, and that is a blow for us because he has been great. “
“We have lost three or four players to long-term injuries, and have been a bit unlucky with that. Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi and now Leon, so we have been unlucky on that front.
“We’ve also lost Ryan Taylor I think for this weekend, so it is really disappointing.” “But in terms of the players we do have available, they are in good form and we can take that into Spurs.”
“It’s a big game in the Premier League,” “We’ve got ourselves in a great position, although we have some injuries so there are a few out. But we are still going to go there in good heart and hopefully get the right result.”
“We can only go and do the best job we can do. We are a strong team and we are in good form, so we just have to take that into the arena and hopefully cope with all that’s going on.”
It was an upbeat Alan Pardew yesterday in front of the local Newcastle press corps, and Newcastle have done well in the league lately, winning four of the last five and five of the last seven games in the Premier League.
But it will be a tough game tomorrow, and we know that Tottenham have lost only one home game in the league all season, and of 12 league games at home they have won nine of them.
Pardew expects it to be a tough game tomorrow, but he expects his Newcastle side to stay in the game, even though we have a number of injuries in the squad.
Anything out of this game tomorrow will be a good result for Newcastle at White Hart Lane.