Injured Vuckic needs support from Newcastle fans, says Pardew

Newcastle's Haris Vuckic, left, from Slovenia challenges for a high ball with Maritimo's Valentin Roberge, from France, during their Europa League Group D soccer match at the Barreiros stadium in Funchal, on the Portuguese island of Madeira, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Octavio Passos)
Newcastle's Haris Vuckic, left, from Slovenia challenges for a high ball with Maritimo's Valentin Roberge, from France, during their Europa League Group D soccer match at the Barreiros stadium in Funchal, on the Portuguese island of Madeira, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Octavio Passos)

ALAN Pardew’s appealed to Newcastle United fans to keep Haris Vuckic’s spirits up.

The forward’s facing a lengthy lay-off after suffering a serious knee injury in Monday night’s 2-1 reserve win over Aston Villa.

Vuckic – whose career has been beset by injuries over the past couple of years – was stretchered off in the Professional Development League fixture at Villa Park.

And the club’s medical staff are waiting for the results of yesterday’s scan.

It is feared the Slovenia international has suffered ligament damage.

Pardew admits it was an “emotional night” for Vuckic, who is facing several months on the sidelines.

“I think Haris knew straight away it was a serious injury – it was an emotional night,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“He’s had so many injuries, it was perhaps one too far for his own mind.

“It was a very emotional night for us all – we’re upset for him.

“We’re waiting for the news on the scan.”

Pardew has asked Newcastle supporters to send get well messages as the 20-year-old recuperates and prepares for a long rehabilitation.

“If our fans want to send him any messages, I think that would be appropriate, because he is hurt,” he added.

Vuckic had been set for a run of games in the Europa League, having scored the deciscive goal in the club’s two-legged qualifier against Atromitos.

Mehdi Abeid – who scored the winning goal against Villa – dedicated the strike to Vuckic. “I’m really, really sad for him, and I wish him all the best,” said Abeid.

“He doesn’t have a lot of luck.”

Midfielder Dan Gosling suffered an ankle injury in the same game, but the problem isn’t thought to be serious.

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