There is more bad news for Newcastle today, with left-back Massadio Haidara likely to be out for an extended period with his bad knee.
Massadio Haidara being taken off on a stretcher against Villa
Massadio suffered the injury in the 1-0 home win against Aston Villa on 28th February, but after the game the head coach (and even the player himself) said he was expected to be available for the game at home to Manchester United four days later.
But he hasn’t been back since then, and an injection has failed to settle the knee.
Head coach John Carver has said this on injuries:
“The good news is that I’ve not got a selection problem because I’ve only got 13 fit senior players, plus two keepers, so that won’t be too difficult.”
“There’s no sign of anyone coming back in the near future other than Mehdi, who is a week or so away.” “We’re working on Rolando, everyone else is more or less long-term.”
So that statement puts Massadio in the long term injured bracket, and Newcastle must be kicking themselves for letting specialist left-back Davide Santon leave for Inter-Milan in January.
If they’re not they should be.
Now we have no recognized left back available and only one recognized center back for the next three games at least.
But it could even be that Massadio is out for the season with that knee injury.
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