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Leon Best Injury A Major Concern For Newcastle

There is some disturbing news this morning,  that Leon Best may be out for this rest of the season with his ankle injury.

Leon Best – could be out for the season

And if that’s the case a good question is who is going to score the goals for Newcastle in the remaining 8 games?

Leon had come in and started scoring the goals in the absence of Andy Carroll, and had 6 goals in 11 appearances,  but Newcastle manager Alan Pardew fears he may have even played his last game for Newcastle this season.

The ankle has shown no improvement since Leon returned from the Ireland squad last week,  and that has to be a concern for Newcastle.

Alan Pardew talked about Leon today:

“Leon Best is out for Saturday. The injury is such that we have got to get him seen on Monday by a specialist to see exactly what is the problem, because it just is not right.”

“Are we worried he is going to be out for some time, maybe even the rest of the season? That is a possibility, yes. We will have to wait and see.”

“I have no idea at this stage how long he could be out. When he has this injury before, he has an injection and it seemed to go away, but he has had another injection this time and it has not gone away.”

“We might go down the line of having a second injection, we’ll wait to see what the specialist advises.”

Best took part in a training session when he was at the Ireland camp last week, even though he was supposed to be traveling only to have the ankle checked out by the Ireland medical staff, but Pardew says that had no impact on Leon’s ankle, as he continued:

“It has nothing to do with Ireland’s training sessions in fairness to them. Should he have trained with Ireland? No, probably not. But I do no think it has had any impact.”

Best was missed at Stoke City, where Newcastle never looked like scoring a goal, and this has to be worrying news for the Newcastle management, and we suppose this is why Shefki Kuqi was brought in, but it will also give a big chance to Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger and even to young Phil Airey.

Certainly Newcastle need to score some goals soon, and probably the biggest chance will go to 19 year-old Nile Ranger, who has looked good for Newcastle this season, but has yet to score his first Premier League goal.

Hopefully, the London lad can soon break his duck, because Newcastle need goals to survive this season, and tomorrow at Wolves would be a great time to do just that.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • daneevz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    strolla and mcloven upfront it is then!

  • surreytoon

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    If Best is out, we need to go with

    Ranger, Nolan
    Guti, Ireland, Tiote, Barton
    Fergi/Enrique, Colo, Willi/Taylor, Simpson

    Loven and Kuqi aren’t doing it for me.

  • daneevz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    how can u say kuqi aint doin it he played like all of 4 mins lol

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Tiote is banned for 2 games…

    my starting 11:

    Ranger, Ameobi
    Fergi, Nolan, Barton, Jonas
    Enrique, Colo, Willo, Simpson

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    looks like gonna struggle with a thin squad?

  • ytz

    Apr 1, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    KUQI FTW!!!!!!

  • Sinner

    Apr 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7



  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    I know Wolves are on a decent run at the moment but Kevin Doyle is out and without him I can’t see them scoring. Also if we lose to them we don’t deserve to stay up. Lets be positive looking at the two teams player for player even without Best & Tiote we are a much better side lets go out & stuff them. 37 Ben Arfa 37 my only change to your side would be S Taylor for Williamson he’s a much better CB.

  • Sinner

    Apr 1, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Kevin Doyle is NOT their main source of goals.
    Sylvain Ebanks Blake would be the player to watch along with Matt Jarvis.
    Wolves are in good run while we’re in a slump. 🙁

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 1, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    You’re all putting Enrique in for the game, but is he fit? Pardew told the Chron on Thursday that Best, Ireland and Enrique, all had a chance, but by Friday morning Best is possibly out for the season. Sorry, but I don’t believe a word he says, and will wait until 2.30 on Saturday to find out what the team is. Either Pardew or the medical staff haven’t a clue. Hopefully Ranger will get a chance, and I have a feeling that if he could only get one, a few more would follow. Shola should be playing without the mask by now as it is over 8 weeks when the injury occured. Please God a win tomorrow, or else we are in the shit, and it won’t be only be me fearing the worst.

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 1, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Just read the Northern Echo, and Pardew is hinting that neither Enrique or Ireland will start. The latter won’t be able to play against his parent club next week either, so just what was the point in bringing this bugger in when he was already injured. The decisions of the people in charge of this club do my bloody head in.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 1, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Wolves will do a smash and grab with O’Hara scoring the only goal of the game.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 1, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #13

    In fact it would have made more sense to loan O’Hara than sick note Ireland.

  • Daniel Abela (Malta)

    Apr 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #14

    How can it be that Leon Best is injured, yesterday I was watching the pictures of the toon training on the official website, and Leon Best seemed to be fine during training.

    On an other note Peter Lovenkrands and Stephen Ireland were not to be seen on the pictures

  • Brutooon

    Apr 1, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Start Kuqi!

  • bills-son

    Apr 1, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #16

    The Wolves game reminds me of the home game against Portsmouth in Keegans first season as manager. We were facing relegation to the 3rd division and a defeat would have left us right in the caccy.

    The crowd were sh%tting themselves everytime Portsmouth attacked and we nearly blew the roof off the stand when ‘Ned’ Kelly blasted a goal into the top corner with about 10 mins to go. Those last 10 mins were almost unbearable, the crowd and the players were panicking until the ref finally blew the whistle.

    That result set us up for avoiding relegation and I reckon the Wolves game is without doubt the biggest of the year so far. Win and we are 90% safe, lose and we are 90% in the caccy.



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