Newcastle`s Best ruled out with knee injury

Updated: Feb 06, 2012, 20:08 PM IST

London: Newcastle United striker Leon Best faces a long spell on the sidelines after injuring his knee in Sunday`s Premier League victory over Aston Villa.

"Leon Best will have a scan on Tuesday on his injured left knee and is likely to be out for a number of weeks," the club said on their website (

Local media reported Newcastle manager Alan Pardew as saying the player would be out for up to six weeks.

The 25-year-old Ireland striker was forced out of Sunday`s 2-1 home win after 14 minutes and was replaced by new signing Papiss Cisse who scored a spectacular winning goal on his debut.

There was better news for Newcastle midfielder Ryan Taylor who was carried off on a stretcher in the same game after a collision with Villa defender Stephen Warnock in the build-up to the hosts` opening goal.

"Fortunately, Ryan Taylor did not sustain a fracture to his lower right leg which was X-rayed on Sunday afternoon," the club said.

"His injury is limited to soft tissue damage for which he is now receiving treatment from the club`s medical team."

Sunday`s win moved Newcastle up to fifth in the Premier League, one point behind Chelsea in fourth.

Bureau Report