Best on mission to make euros
LEON BEST is on the comeback trail from injury and is targeting a place in Giovanni Trapattoni's Euro 2012 squad, WRITES DANIel McDONNELL.
The Newcastle striker suffered knee ligament damage in February and was effectively ruled out for the campaign.
However, he has made a concerted effort to get back ahead of schedule, and said yesterday that he plans to be back running in the next 10 days.
"I'm doing leg strengthening exercises now and it feels good so I've got confidence I'll be back before the end of the season," he said.
Best's chances of being on the plane look quite slim. Trapattoni is set to name his finals squad on Monday, May 7, so players on the outside of his plans won't get a chance to impress in the Irish shirt before he confirms his list with UEFA on May 29.
Trapattoni has suggested he will bring five strikers and Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle, Shane Long, Jonathan Walters and Simon Cox are in pole position. Therefore, Best is realistically relying on injuries to get into the picture.