Peter LÝvenkrands appears to have played his last game for Newcastle United.

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The Dane is not expected to play again this season, and his contract expires in June.

Despite saying this week: "I love Newcastle and I want to stay here", the 32-year-old has already told his agent to find him a new club next term.

Løvenkrands will end his time at Newcastle stuck on 99 career goals.

His last was an extra-time penalty as Newcastle were knocked out of the League Cup by Blackburn Rovers in October

Alan Pardew: “It’s not comfortable for him or us, if I’m honest.

“We all know he’s a proper lad, so we are disappointed.”

“It’s a bad injury.

“We have probably lost him for the season. In training he had a shot and we think he’s really badly hurt his thigh. It’s a definite tear and maybe a rupture.”

The last time Newcastle released Løvenkrands he quickly returned.

He was let go after a disappointing six-month stint ended with relegation to the Championship in 2009.

But Newcastle took him back in September, and he scored 16 goals as they won promotion.

Signed as a free agent on both occasions, the former Rangers, Schalke and Copenhagen player made 85 Magpies appearances, scoring 29 goals.