I was alerted by my son Neil, on the latest news about Massadio Haidara, and his interview this afternoon with the Evening Chronicle, and Neil said Massadio is a class act, and after reading what the Frenchman has said – – I agree.
Massadio Haidara – no ligament damage – fantastic news
And the really great news is that the Frenchman has suffered no knee ligament damage – which is simply fantastic news – and almost a miracle.
This is what Massadio Haidara said today:
“I underwent some further tests yesterday morning.” “The ligaments in the knee are undamaged.” “It’s a massive relief.” “I was very worried when it happened.”
“I thought he’d broken my leg or smashed up my knee.” “The pain was unbearable, I couldn’t bend my knee. It was really horrible.” “But, God was on my side.”
“I remember it all. I can still see it in my mind’s eye.” “The ball came to me, I controlled it.” “I thought I had the time to run around him but he came at me like a bullet.”
“It all went so fast. I didn’t think he’d tackle me, especially not above the knee.” “And then I felt his studs crash into my knee and remember feeling excruciating pain.” “I was in so much pain I couldn’t think of anything.” “I was so shocked.”
“I still am actually.” “When, afterwards, you think of everything.” “I told myself that perhaps I’d never be able to play football again or that I’d be able to play but never with the same level of ability.”
“It was a tough time. Once I was in the ambulance.” “I started to think of my family. I knew my brother was watching the match live.”
“Yesterday I was told McManaman wanted to speak with me. For the time being, we haven’t talked.” “There is a language barrier but I think we will try to meet up next week with an interpreter.”
“At the time, I was very angry. I thought he’d ended my career. Now, I know I escaped a serious injury, I have taken time to stand back from it and I am not angry. I simply hope that it will serve as a lesson for him and the next time he will think twice before making a tackle like that.”
“I hope, when he watched it back, he told himself that wasn’t who he really was.”
These are great words from our left back.
In short this is great news on Masssadio, and we are so pleased he has not suffered a really serious injury that would have kept him out of the game for up to a year.
It really is close to a miracle – and that’s good news.
Let’s rephrase that – it’s fantastic news.
And please sign this petition to get the FA to do their job, following their ridiculous decision to do nothing on McManaman’s tackle on Haidara on Sunday
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