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Injured Best set to miss Czech clash

Updated: Monday, 06 Feb 2012 18:35

Leon Best limped out of Newcastle's match against Aston Villa on Sunday
Leon Best limped out of Newcastle's match against Aston Villa on Sunday

Republic of Ireland striker Leon Best looks set to miss the upcoming international with the Czech Republic after suffering a knee injury.

Best limped out of Newcastle’s clash with Aston Villa early in the game and will have a scan on Tuesday to discover the extent of a knee injury.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s side are set to play the friendly international against the Czech side at Aviva Stadium on 29 February but the Magpies’ forward is expected to be out for up to six weeks.

"Leon has got a medial ligament injury, which is usually a six-week lay-off," said Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

Trapattoni will name his squad for the 29 February clash on Friday in House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford City.

Meanwhile, The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have confirmed that it has reached final agreement to hold its UEFA EURO 2012 pre-tournament training camp in Montecatini, Italy from 27 May to 3 June.

The team will depart from Dublin on 27 May, the day after playing Bosnia at Aviva Stadium.

The FAI also expects to receive final confirmation this week on its friendly match against Hungary.

The match is planned to take place in Budapest on 4 June, the day before the team reports to its tournament base in Gdynia, Poland.

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