Alan Shearer looked ahead to tomorrow's scan on his injured knee and admitted: 'I'm praying it's not the end'.
Shearer suffered medial ligament damage to his left knee in a challenge with Sunderland's Julio Arca shortly after converting a penalty in Newcastle's 4-1 derby win at the Stadium of Light.
Afterwards the 35-year-old Newcastle captain admitted he feared the injury would prevent him completing his final season with Newcastle before hanging up his boots and the knee was so swollen that the scan, originally scheduled for today, had to be postponed a further 24 hours.
Newcastle have Premiership matches against West Brom, Birmingham and Chelsea to come and a testimonial match for Shearer against Celtic at St James' Park on May 11.
'I've got the scan tomorrow afternoon and hopefully I'll know a lot more then,' Shearer told Sky Sports News. 'I'm praying it's not the end.
'I'd dearly love to play a small part in the remaining games but it all depends on tomorrow.'
Shearer, sporting a leg brace, added: 'I'll feel a lot better if the specialist says I'll be okay.
'If he doesn't I'll cross that bridge when I come to it but my glass is always half full, not half empty.'
Shearer was presented with an HMV Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala dinner in London on Tuesday night and admitted then that he was 'fearing the worst'.
The former England striker, who has indicated that he would like to try his hand at coaching in years to come, revealed today that he will be on a residential course in May and June to tackle the first part of his coaching `A' licence.