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Jinxed Best in cruciate injury blow

BLACKBURN striker Leon Best is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage yesterday.

The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international, a £3million summer signing from Newcastle, was carried off on a stretcher before half-time in Rovers' 2-1 pre-season friendly win over AEK Athens at Fleetwood.

Best had earlier put Rovers 2-0 ahead, adding to Nuno Gomes' opener with a fine individual effort.

A club statement read: "Rovers are preparing for the start of the Championship season without Leon Best after the striker suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in Sunday's pre-season friendly against AEK Athens.

"Best, who had scored a superb goal in the game, was sent for a scan this morning and Rovers' worst fears were confirmed, with the 25-year-old now set to face an extended spell on the sidelines."

Reports suggest the striker could be out of action for around six months.

Bruce signs son

STEVE BRUCE has defended his decision to bring his son, former Ireland international Alex, to Hull City.

The defender was a free agent after his release by Leeds United and the new Hull boss has handed him a two-year deal.

"When you look at what's going around on the Bosman market, he makes a very good free transfer," said the Hull manager of Alex, capped twice between 2007 and 2009.

"Nepotism is the word that will always crop up, and you have to think about that, but he's at an age where he can handle it. I'm sure it won't be a problem."