Toon's Ferguson could miss start of the season after being knacked by his own keeper
Published 17:28 19/07/11 By MirrorFootball
Newcastle defender Shane Ferguson is facing a race against time to be fit for the start of the new season as he battles an ankle injury.
The 20-year-old damaged an ankle in a collision with keeper Fraser Forster during Friday night's friendly victory at Darlington and as a result did not travel with the rest of the first-team squad when they flew out to the United States on Sunday.
Ferguson was due to have a second scan on the injury today, but - like midfielder Danny Guthrie, who is also undergoing treatment on Tyneside after picking up an ankle knock in the same game - could miss the start of the new season.
The full-back told the club's official website, www.nufc.co.uk: "It all happened so quickly.
"I tried to get out of Fraser's way and didn't manage it quick enough. My leg got caught underneath him and it's unfortunate really - just bad timing.
"I knew straight away that something wasn't right. They had a look at me and they think it is the ligaments in my ankle.
"I'm going for another scan on Tuesday and I will just see how it is then and how long I will be out for.
"I'm absolutely gutted [at not going to America]. It's the worst timing ever.
"I have just got to try and get fit now, hopefully before the start of the season and if not, then just a little bit after."