Wednesday 08 February 2012
Newcastle have confirmed that striker Leon Best will be out for a 'number of weeks' after injuring his knee during the Barclays Premier League victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
The 25-year-old was forced off hurt in a challenge 11 minutes into the match at the Sports Direct Arena.
The Republic of Ireland international has now had a scan which shows that he "sustained medial ligament damage to his left knee".
"After being assessed by the club's medical staff, Best underwent a scan on Tuesday and will be out for a number of weeks"
- Newcastle statement
A Newcastle statement read: "After being assessed by the club's medical staff, Best underwent a scan on Tuesday and will be out for a number of weeks."
Best has made 18 League appearances for the Magpies this season, scoring four goals, and has provided support to in-form striker Demba Ba.
His absence will be off-set by Papiss Demba Cisse, who scored the winner against Aston Villa after coming on as Best's replacement, while manager Alan Pardew also has the option of bringing in Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands or Hatem Ben Arfa.
Best was not the only Newcastle player who suffered an injury on Sunday, with defender Ryan Taylor stretchered off after a collision with Villa's Stephen Warnock.
There were fears that Taylor had broken his leg but Newcastle have confirmed that this is not the case.
"Fortunately, Ryan Taylor did not sustain a fracture to his lower right leg which was X-rayed on Sunday afternoon," read a Newcastle statement.
"His injury is limited to soft tissue damage for which he is now receiving treatment from the club's medical team."