Belfast Telegraph

Pardew hoping for the Best

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is keeping his fingers crossed that striker Leon Best will be fit for Saturday's crucial Barclays Premier League clash with Wolves.

The 24-year-old was last weekend sent home from international duty with the Republic of Ireland after failing to shake off an ankle problem, but his club manager is hopeful that he will be able to resume at the weekend.

He told the Journal: "We think Leon will be okay for the weekend. He's had an injection and it's just a case of letting it settle down. I think the international games were a bit too soon, but we are fairly confident he will fine for Wolves. It's an important game for us."

He added: "We missed him at Stoke, you could see that in our attacking play at times. We had periods where we put them under pressure and looked the better side - even if the final scoreline does not reflect that - but we didn't really trouble their goalkeeper enough.

"Leon has been getting the goals for us recently and he's been an important player.

"He gives us something in and around the area that perhaps we didn't have at Stoke.

"He has responded well to the challenge he's been given."

Best's injury meant he missed the Republic's 2-1 Euro 2012 qualifier victory over Macedonia on Saturday evening, a game in which Wolves frontman Kevin Doyle suffered medial ligament damage which could sideline him for some time.


From Belfast Telegraph