Best facing several weeks on the sidelines

Updated: February 8, 2012

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Ireland striker Leon Best is facing several weeks out as he recovers from a knee ligament injury.

The Newcastle forward picked up the injury in his side’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.

A Newcastle statement said: “Newcastle United can today confirm that Leon Best has sustained medial ligament damage to his left knee.

“The striker was forced off in the early stages of Sunday’s home victory over Aston Villa, having picked up an injury while trying to get a shot away.

“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 was hurt in the early stages of Sunday’s game and was replaced in the 11th minute by Papiss Demba Cisse, who went on to score on his Toon debut.

The 25-year-old Irishman has been a regular contributor to Alan Pardew’s team this season. Best has appeared in 18 Premier League matches, scoring four and assisting three.

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