St James’ Park player undergoes ankle operation reducing his manager’s attacking options.
Newcastle United striker Leon Best will not play again this season after being told he needs an ankle operation, the club has confirmed.
The 24-year-old will travel to London on Friday for the procedure following consultation with the Magpies’ medical staff.
The Republic of Ireland international has scored six goals in 10 starts this season but has missed the last two matches with the injury.
His latest goal came in his last appearance, the 2-1 home defeat to Everton on March 5.
Best was given a chance to impress by manager Alan Pardew following the £35million sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool.
The former Southampton and Coventry City hit-man had made a good start scoring a hat-trick against West Ham.
But the loss is a huge blow for Pardew who was unable to replace Carroll in January.
He is left with Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and Shefki Kuqi as his only attacking options.