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Haidara could be back in April
Reuters, March 22nd, 2013 2:13PM

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Newcastle United defender Massadio Haidara looks to have escaped serious injury in a knee-high tackle by Wigan Athletic's Callum McManaman that prompted widespread outrage. A scan had shown no significant bone or ligament damage to the player's leg.

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

"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."

Referee Mark Halsey missed the incident and the FA said it would not take retrospective action against McManaman.

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