Newcastle United striker Leon Best ruled out for season

Leon Best celebrates scoring for Newcastle
Best joined Newcastle from Coventry in February 2010

Newcastle United striker Leon Best has been ruled out for the rest of the Premier League campaign because of an ankle injury.

Best, 24, has missed the Magpies' last two matches and will undergo surgery for the second time this season.

After consulting the club's medical staff, the Republic of Ireland international will travel to London on Friday for surgery.

Best has scored six goals in 10 league starts for the Newcastle this season.

Given his chance following an injury to Andy Carroll, he scored a hat-trick against West Ham on 5 January in his first senior start of the season.

He has since found the net in the 4-4 draw with Arsenal, the 2-0 win at Birmingham and the 2-1 home defeat by Everton.

With Carroll now at Liverpool, Best's injury leaves the Magpies short of options up front, with Shefki Kuqi and Nile Ranger providing cover for Shola Ameobi.