Football: Haidara avoids serious injury after tackle

Newcastle United revealed on Friday that Massadio Haidara has escaped serious injury following Wigan forward Callum McManaman's horror tackle on the French defender last weekend.

It was initially feared that Haidara would be sidelined for months when the 20-year-old was stretchered off after a knee-high challenge from McManaman during Wigan's 2-1 Premier League win at the DW Stadium.

However, after several medical checks this week, Haidara has been told he has avoided significant damage to the leg and should be playing again before the end of the season.

"We can confirm that results of the latest scan on Massadio Haidara show that the player has very fortunately escaped any significant bone or ligament damage following the dangerous tackle by Wigan Athletic's Callum McManaman on Sunday," a Newcastle statement read.

"We are very pleased that the extent of his injury is less severe than first feared and is limited to bruising to the bone and soft tissue damage.

"Depending on the speed of his recovery, he should be fit to play again in early April.

"Massadio will continue to be assessed over the coming days.

"He has been very lucky that he has not suffered more serious injury and this positive diagnosis in no way lessens the club's views with regard to the severity of the tackle from which it resulted."

McManaman escaped punishment for the tackle as it was seen by a match official, meaning the Football Association could not retrospectively ban the player using video evidence.