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Newcastle boss Hughton hopes for quick Leon Best return

Leon Best
Striker Leon Best is yet to net a competitive goal for Newcastle United

Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton is optimistic that Republic of Ireland striker Leon Best will make a prompt recovery from his ankle injury.

Best, 23, is likely to miss Monday's season opener against Manchester United, but Hughton is hopeful that the problem is not serious.

"We're still assessing where he is," Hughton told BBC Newcastle.

"We hope it is not long term, but of course until we give it time to settle down then we won't know for sure."

The Nottingham-born forward arrived at St James Park from Coventry City in February.

But, despite having played his part in the Magpies' title success, he failed to register on the scoresheet.

However, he has enjoyed an impressive pre-season campaign for United, scoring in the games against Carlisle United and PSV Eindhoven.

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