Cheick Tiote will now miss the game at Manchester City on Saturday, as he has picked up an injury in training this week, and it seems we will have a number of players missing against the reigning Premier League Champions on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.
Cheick Tiote - will miss the game on saturday through injury
And Davide Santon will not travel with the side, after picking up a hamstring strain while with the Italian U21 side last Saturday.
And our two full backs who started the Wigan game will also be absent – Mathieu Debuchy is still suffering from a hamstring strain and Massadio Haidara will not play, after suffering severe bruising of the knee and thigh, from that ridiculous challenge from Callum McManaman.
And McManaman has not received a censure or warning from anybody – so we have to assume it was a fair tackle – as his boot went straight into the Frenchman’s knee.
The way this had been handled by the English FA has been embarrassing, to say the least.
And Wigan continue to embarrass themselves, as Wigan manager Roberto Martinez and Chairman David Whelan had the cheek to defend their player and said it was a fair tackle – why?
This is what Alan Pardew said this afternoon, about Massadio Haidara’s status, and the comments made by the Wigan manager and Chairman:
“I was surprised by comments from their manager and chairman, that they thought it was a fair challenge. I think everybody could see that it wasn’t. “He won’t play this weekend, but fingers crossed he will play against Benfica.”
It will be great if Massadio can start next Thursday in Benfica – and hopefully we’ll have a few more players back from injury.
Wigan have hardly come out of this looking anything but trying to protect their own interests, and their player from a suspension – but they have shown absolutely no class whatsoever in the process.
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