Crocked Best 'set to miss Euros'
NEWCASTLE United boss Alan Pardew appears to have ruled out Leon Best's chances of making it to the Euro 2012 finals as Pardew says he does not expect to see Best back in action this season.
The Irish striker suffered a knee injury against Aston Villa last weekend, and a scan showed that Best had damaged knee ligaments.
The player said that he hoped he could be back in action by April, which would give him a very slim chance of impressing Giovanni Trapattoni before he names his Ireland squad for the finals.
But Pardew seems to have ruled out the idea of Best playing this season.
"It will be very doubtful if we see him again this season," said Pardew. "And that is a blow because he has been great.
"He's doubtful for the rest of the season because of the type of injury it is. The question is, would I rush him back, would I need him back, and with the team I've got? Possibly not," Pardew added.
Best has fallen out of favour with Trapattoni and has not been capped in more than two years, but the former Coventry and Southampton man hoped that some good form in the Premier League with the Magpies would give him a chance of selection.