Haidara could be back NEXT WEEK after speedy recovery from McManaman's lunge
15:30 GMT, 28 March 2013
16:04 GMT, 28 March 2013
Massadio Haidara could return to action next week after the Newcastle defender was on the receiving end of a horror tackle from Wigan's Callum McManaman
Fortunately for the 21-year-old and Newcastle, the French defender could feature against Fulham next weekend, but will miss Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Manchester City.
Pardew, while surprised at comments made
by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan and manager Roberto Martinez after the
game, was simply relieved not to have lost his January signing for
Ouch: Massadio Haidara was carried off after a lunge from Callum McManaman
Got away with it: Callum McManaman was not punished by referee Mark Halsey or the FA for this tackle
Asked if either the club or the defender had received an apology from the Latics, he said: 'No, I don't think so.
'I was a little bit surprised at the manager's and the chairman's
comments that it was a fair challenge – I think everybody else could see
that it wasn't. But that's opinion and I can understand them wanting to
defend their player.
'It would be interesting to know what their opinion would have been if
it was Cheick Tiote on [James] McCarthy, their outstanding young
'But it is what it is, it's done and we move on to another game.'
Agony: Massadio Haidara left the field on a stretcher but thankfully has not suffered serious damage
Head down: Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is concerned McManaman has taken too much flak
renewed his calls for the Premier League to employ professional
assistant referees in the wake of McManaman’s controversial challenge.
Pardew’s belief that referees should
team up with full-time assistants was only strengthened in the wake of
the incident at the DW Stadium during which the French
full back was carried off with what looked at the time like a serious
Unsighted referee Mark Halsey took no
action over the tackle, and McManaman escaped retrospective action
because one of the officials did have a clear view and deemed it fair.
Haidara's fellow full backs Mathieu Debuchy and Davide Santon are also on Newcastle's casualty list for the trip to the Etihad.
Back in action: Toon captain Fabricio Coloccini trains in the Newcastle gym