Massadio Haidara: Newcastle United fear knee ligament damage
Massadio Haidara: Newcastle United fear knee ligament damage Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara suffered suspected knee ligament damage in the 2-1 defeat at Wigan. The 20-year-old was caught by Wigan's Callum McManaman, 21, although referee Mark Halsey did not award a free-kick. Magpies manager Alan Pardew told BBC Sport: "It was an awful tackle. I have got a boy going to hospital and that's a worse feeling than losing." Wigan boss Roberto Martinez said: "It is a contact sport and these things happen but there was never any intent." Haidara, who joined from Nancy on a five-and-a-half-year deal in January, had been on the pitch for fewer than 10 minutes after replacing the injured Mathieu Debuchy. Inexperienced duo Massadio Haidara was making only his second Premier League appearance, both as a substitute, while Callum McManaman was starting a top-flight game for the first time McManaman, who was making his first start in the Premier League, got a slight touch of the ball before following through and catching the defender on the knee and thigh. The game was held up for five minutes while Frenchman Haidara received treatment on the pitch before he was carried off on a stretcher. Pardew added: "(Haidara's) on his way to hospital. It looks like knee ligaments and he's got terrible bruising on his legs. "Obviously (the tackle) was right over the other side (of the pitch). It looked a bad tackle but I didn't realise how bad until it filtered through to us." The challenged sparked a half-time fracas with Magpies assistant John Carver trying to get to the Latics forward. Carver was sent off along with Wigan coach Graham Barrow. "If the opposing player had a bad injury, as a club we will contact the player," added Martinez. "I can guarantee that it is part of his enthusiasm and trying to fight for every ball. Maybe it's just a striker's tackle. "I believe it is a bad challenge but it's not malicious."
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