Ryan Taylor

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Alan Pardew is keeping his fingers crossed that the injuries to Ryan Taylor and Leon Best which forced them off against Aston Villa are not as serious as they first appeared.

Taylor was stretchered off after being hurt in the build-up to United's first goal, while Best had limped off earlier to be replaced by Papiss Cisse, who went on to score the winner.

But the Magpies manager has confirmed that Taylor did not suffer any broken bones and is also hopeful that Best will not be sidelined for too long.

"I think he's okay," said Pardew of the Irish international forward. "He's hurt his medial ligament but we're hoping he's going to be okay."

Speaking to nufcTV, he added: "Ryan has had an X-ray and there's no breaks there, but a big swelling on his ankle.

"So we're hoping he's okay because he's had a fantastic season for us, he really has."

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