Leon Best close to Newcastle United comeback

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Newcastle United striker Leon Best is closing in on his first Premier League appearance following an injury-plagued start to the season.

The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international ruptured ankle ligaments on the eve of his first season in the top-flight and has yet to make an appearance for the Magpies.

"I've had an injection at the back of my ankle and I was out running on Tuesday for a little bit," the former Coventry City striker told the club's official website.

"The injury wasn't on my mind at all and now I'm aiming to train sometime next week."

Best, who arrived at St James' Park in February, had scored two goals in pre-season before being sidelined by injury.

"I was devastated because I'd started pre-season well and scored a couple of goals, but you just have to get on with it," he added.

"These things happen in life and you've got to keep on going. I'm still here and still breathing, so I've just got to put it behind me and get fit again.

"I still need to prove myself and I've not done it yet. Hopefully, given the chance, I will do."

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