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Football: FA Cup star McManaman out for three months

Callum McManaman, star of Wigan Athletic's stunning FA Cup triumph over Manchester City, is likely to be out for three months with an ankle injury, manager Roberto Martinez revealed on Friday. The 22-year-old damaged ankle ligaments in Tuesday's 4-1 loss at Arsenal, which condemned Wigan to relegation from the Premier League, and will be unable to represent England at the Under-21 European Championship in Israel in June.

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.

Football: No FA action on tackle 'hard to swallow' - Haidara

Newcastle United full-back Massadio Haidara has admitted he finds it "hard to swallow" that Wigan's Callum McManaman will escape disciplinary action for a tackle that left the Frenchman fearing for his playing future. McManaman, who was making his first league start, caught Haidara on the left knee with his studs after careering into a tackle midway through the first half of an English Premier League match at the DW Stadium on Sunday.

Newcastle hit out at FA as McManaman escapes punishment

LONDON (Reuters) - English football's disciplinary procedures are not fit for purpose, Newcastle United managing director Derek Llambias said on Tuesday. Llambias was incensed after the Football Association (FA) said it would not be taking retrospective action against Wigan Athletic's Callum McManaman following his knee-high tackle on Newcastle's Massadio Haidara on Sunday.
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