When Davide Santon sustained his hamstring injury against Fulham, and it looked a bad one, it didn’t look like he would return this season, and Alan Pardew has today said that’s indeed the case.
Davide Santon – being carried off against Fulham
Alan met with reporters today, and he was asked about the status of the Italian International, who has had a particularly good season in only his second term on Tyneside.
This is what the Newcastle manager said about the 22 year-old:
“I think Santon is struggling for the rest of the season.” “There’s an outside chance for the Arsenal game.” “It means that Massaido Haidara will step in at left-back for the duration of the season.”
The 8 times capped Italian left-back has been ruled out of the next three matches for sure, and there seems very little chance he will make the final game of the season – at home to Arsenal on Sunday May 19th – and let’s hope we are safe from relegation by that time. 🙁
Davide has become a much better player since he joined us just two years ago from Inter-Milan, and there’s little doubt that some Italian clubs will be after him this summer, but we must keep him at Newcastle.
Davide has played 38 times this season, with one good goal at Wigan, and in total he’s made 65 appearances for the Magpies.
Massadio Haidara – good chance for the 20 year-old
This will give a good chance to Massadio Haidara to get a run in the side, and so far the 20 year-old French U21 international had made seven appearances for Newcastle since signing in January. and he’s looked very good.
We think there will be a battle next season as to which of these two very good young players, is the starter at left back for Newcastle next season.
And that competition will only be good for the side.
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