Massive relief at yesterday’s win over Aston Villa but the big downside was to see Massadio Haidara stretchered off in the second-half.

The defender looked to have suffered yet another serious injury blow, just as he was getting a decent run the team for the first time.

John Carver has now given an update on Haidara’s injury and revealed that he has had an ongoing problem.

However, even bigger, and better, news is that the Newcastle Head Coach believes Haidara should be fit to play on Wednesday against Manchester United!

John Carver:

“It doesn’t look too bad, he’s had an ongoing knee issue.

“At half-time he was feeling it a little bit but hopefully it’s not too serious and he should be ok for Wednesday.”

Great to hear that the young French defender could be ok, but if he has got an ongoing problem, the fact he felt bad enough to have to leave the pitch on a stretcher AND the fact Newcastle now have enough points to forget any relegation fears – surely the sensible thing would be to let him rest it and make sure he comes back in good shape rather than risk it.

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  • wor monga

    You’re the one that needs to give it a rest…the negative
    politics that is…you don’t have the faintest idea what’s wrong with the lad’s
    knee, but Carver probably does, and if Massadio can train ok between now and
    Wed then there’s no doubt he’ll be fit for inclusion in the side against ManU.

    Incidentally we don’t have enough points yet to ensure we
    stay up, and the idea is surely to get enough of them to get as high as we can
    in the top ten…you want that don’t you?…even though it may go against your
    political agenda.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    wor monga To be fair, you don’t know what’s up with his knee either. 
    JC, the same bloke who said Jonas wasn’t ready for the squad (on Weds), then had him on the bench on Saturday. Umm, Ashley in town and empty seats to be avoided by any chance?
    Hate to see Haidara long term damaged because the club doesn’t have a strong enough remaining squad. That’s not politics, it’s plain bad management by the owner.

  • NatTurner

    I’d give R. Taylor the game at left back anyway.  Haidara has been poor, and Taylor has a goal in him.  I think we should try to score at least one goal against Manchester United on Wednesday, possibly even two.

  • LintonLad

    Is it the same knee that got knackered by Callum McManaman at Wigan?

  • Greekgeordie

    It is down to Carver if Haidara plays or not, and the decision will be taken based on the lad’s training form between now and the next match, and of course on the medical staff’s feed back.
    Of course there is R Taylor that can fill the position, and Jonas will be also on the bench if needed.
    It is sad that there are people that will twist Jonas place on the bench last Saturday to hit at Carver, and try to justify the negative view of a full house.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Greekgeordie 49,307 against Southampton. 47,763 against Stoke.

    51,573 for Villa, 2nd bottom of the PL. 4000 more turned up desperate to see us play Villa did they?

  • No Brainer

    Sickandtiredstill Greekgeordie It seems yes they did. 

    Only a plonker would suggest that 2,000 people decided to spend upwards of £35 for a day out in the toon and match just to clap a bloke on the bench.
    To clarify villa brought approx 2,000 more than the clubs above, but you wouldn’t know that.

  • No Brainer

    NatTurner Very good point he looked very comfortable and gives us the best option for free kicks in opponents half.

  • NatTurner

    No Brainer  Thanks, mate.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer Sickandtiredstill Greekgeordie Prove it once again. You conveniently failed to do so when arguing against the ticket price article. How many Villa fans were at the game if you can provide that FACT?
    People were on here saying the game was sold out. while the club was still sending out emails for hospitality and general admission tickets.