Best faces six months out

Rovers forward damages cruciate ligament in friendly win

Republic of Ireland international Leon Best faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering cruciate ligament damage

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Blackburn Rovers have confirmed that Leon Best has suffered cruciate knee ligament damage, leaving the striker now facing a six-month lay-off.

The 25-year-old was stretchered off during the first half of Rovers' 2-1 friendly victory over Greek side AEK Athens at Fleetwood on Sunday.

A scan has revealed damage to the Republic of Ireland international's anterior cruciate ligament.

Best had scored with a brilliant strike just minutes earlier and had been earmarked by manager Steve Kean for a key role in Blackburn's bid for an immediate return to the Premier League.

The forward only arrived at Ewood Park from Newcastle for £3million earlier this month.