It’s strange when injuries are picked up how often the extent of the injury is down-played, and when Massadio Haidara was carried off on a stretcher in the 1-0 win against Aston Villa 10 days ago, both Massadio and John Carver thought the Frenchman would be fit to play against the Red Devils last Wednesday.
Massadio Haidara taken off on a stretcher against Villa
Massadio missed that game and the news today is that he is struggling to be fit to play at Everton next Sunday afternoon, in a game Newcastle have a decent chance of winning.
However John Carver said the knee had been a problem for Massadio for some time and after having an initial injection in the knee last week, the injury is being assessed by the medical staff this week.
Ryan Taylor did a good job at left back against Manchester United, and he showed how good he can be from free kicks and dead ball situations in general.
And we expect Ryan to keep his place at Everton on Sunday, since we need to have players in the team who can score goals now that Papiss Cisse has managed to get himself banned for seven games.
Jonas Gutierrez can play at left back too, and came on for Ryan after 65 minutes last Wednesday, and it could be the two of them both see action at Goodison Park on Sunday.
This is what John Carver has said about Haidara’s knee today:
“Hopefully, it settles down in time for Everton,”
Davide Santon also had a long-standing problem with his knee, and if Massadio is not 100% fit, he should not be risked at Everton.
The potential good news is that both Remy Cabella and goalkeeper Rob Elliot are now back in training from their injuries, and both should be in the 18 man match-day squad on Sunday afternoon, and we expect Remy to start.
Both Jonas and Ryan also have contracts that run out in June, and both experienced players will want some playing time in their efforts to get new deals in the summer.
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