In a blow for Newcastle as they fight to stave off relegation in the season run in, Leon Best has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
Best had attempted to recover from his injury by taking an injection last weekend, but after returning from international duty with the Republic of Ireland, his injury appeared to be worse and Alan Pardew fears he may not return for the rest of the season.
“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,” Pardew told The Journal.
Should Best require surgery, Pardew doesn’t believe a time frame can even be put on his recovery.
“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,” he said.
“I have no idea at this stage how long he could be out.
“We might go down the line of having a second injection, we’ll wait to see what the specialist advises," Pardew said.
Best only participated in one training session with Ireland, but the Newcastle manager believes overall it didn’t have an impact.
“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.”