Newcastle ace Escapes Long Term Injury After Horror Tackle

Massadio Haidara

Newcastle United defender Massadio Haidara has avoided serious injury after the horror challenge from Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman last Sunday.

Haidara took a hefty blow to the thigh and knee as McManaman flew into a challenge in the 13th minute of Wigan’s 2-1 victory at the DW Stadium that caused fury on the touchline.

The Wigan youngster avoided even a booking for the lunge and the FA have since ruled that they will not be getting involved in the matter either.

Newcastle are incensed by the lack of punishment but the good news is that their January signing should be back in action in just two to three weeks’ time.

The £2million signing from Nancy feared that his season and possibly career may have been over when he lie on the DW pitch but thankfully numerous sets of scans have revealed little or no lasting damage to bone or ligament in the French under-21’s knee.

“We can confirm that results of the latest scan on Massadio Haidara show that the player has very fortunately escaped any significant bone or ligament damage following the dangerous tackle by Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman on Sunday,” a club statement said.

“We are very pleased that the extent of his injury is less severe than first feared and is limited to bruising to the bone and soft tissue damage.

“Depending on the speed of his recovery he should be fit to play again in early April.”

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