Alan Shearer's knee injury has ruled him out for the rest of the season, Sky Sports News understands, and his distinguished 18-year career is now over.
The 35-year-old legend picked up the medial ligament problem towards the end of Newcastle United's 4-1 win over Sunderland last week.
Shearer waited until the end of this week to have scans, but he was always pessimistic about his chances of returning.
Shearer, who has already become Newcastle's leading goalscorer of all time, had hoped to make the last three games - but that dream looks to have now been dashed - with The Magpies expected to officially confirm the news on Saturday.
Caretaker boss Glenn Roeder has already named Shay Given as captain for the last three games, knowing that Shearer was unlikely to make a return.
Shearer will now bid farewell to his adoring fans in his testimonial match on May 11 against Celtic - a game which sold out within days of the tickets going on sale.
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