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.