Leon Best seems determined to make it back before the end of the season, so he can help Newcastle with their European push.
Leon Best – in Ireland’s colors
With Peter Lovenkrands out for the season, we only have Shola Ameobi as back-up to Senegal strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, so it would be good to get Leon back.
Best suffered some knee ligament damage in last month’s 2-1 home win over Aston Villa, and it seems that the player is ready to start running this week, as he attempts to get fully fit again.
Leon has four goals in 21 appearances this season so far, and he talked about how desperate he is to get back as soon as possible:
“I hate not being able to play,” “Obviously, I’d love to be out there.” “It almost feels like I am out there when I’m watching. I’m kicking every ball, and willing the lads on.”
“As long as we’re winning and still getting points, that’s the main thing. We’re still well up there and playing good football. We’ve got some good games coming up.”
“I start running soon, so hopefully I’ll be back,” “My aim’s to be back this season, and I’m definitely going to push to be back.” “I’m due to see the specialist again, and I think he’ll tell me when I can do other things.”
“I’d love to get a couple of games, which would give me a chance to get in the squad for next season, when we’d love to be in Europe.”
Leon has 10 goals for Newcastle in 46 appearances since signing from Coventry just over two years ago.
Best was speaking at a Show Racism the Red Card educational event at St James’s Park yesterday, with Senegal striker Demba Ba and former Newcastle left back Olivier Bernard and South Shields born striker Richard Offiong.
Offiong never played for the first team at Newcastle, but he was a Newcastle Junior before leaving the club in 2004, and he currently plays for Johor FA in Malaysia.
Olivier Bernard played for Newcastle mainly under Bobby Robson, from 2000 through 2005, and made over 100 appearances for the side with 6 goals.
It’s good that these players are helping a very good cause.