Selhurst Park

Next Game

C Palace v Newcastle

Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 20:00

Capital One Cup Third Round

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 2 - 2 Hull City

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Haidara relieved to be back

Newcastle United defender Massadio Haidara was happy to make his first appearance in the Premier League since April in the midweek defeat to Swansea.

Last Updated: 06/12/13 at 10:28 Post Comment

Massadio Haidara: Delighted to be back in action

Massadio Haidara: Delighted to be back in action

Haidara came off the bench in the 3-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium after a difficult time with a number of injuries.

The Frenchman suffered a knee injury last March following Wigan's Callum McManaman's infamous tackle on him which went unpunished.

Haidara recovered from the McManaman challenge to figure in three games at the end of last term, but his progress has been hampered by a knee injury this year.

The Frenchman admits he was relieved to be back playing and he is determined to keep his place in Alan Pardew's plans.

"Yes, I am relieved because it has been a very long time," he said. "I have not played in the Premier League since last April.

"It was a big pleasure to play again because it has been so long.

"Now I don't know the view of the coach about how I played or if I will play again, but I want to be involved and to give the team the maximum that I can."

Pardew is happy to have Haidara available again so that he can provide competition for left-back Davide Santon.

"He's been out a long time with injuries and he's been unlucky since he's been here," noted Pardew. "He has a natural left foot and we think he has a big future with us. I thought he just might give us a bit of energy.

"It was good for him, and good for us that he got that period of the match."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: Liverpool edge out Middlesbrough on penalties in round three

Liverpool held their nerve to see off Middlesbrough 14-13 on penalties in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

Capital One Cup: Arsenal beaten 2-1 by Southampton in third round

Arsenal were sent crashing out of the Capital One Cup in the third round after 2-1 home defeat to Southampton.

La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo scores second straight hat-trick in Real Madrid rout

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 25th hat-trick for Real Madrid as he grabbed four goals in a huge 5-1 home win over Elche.

Mail Box

Is Moyes The Big Winner This Season?

Man United and Everton are making David Moyes look good enough for Newcastle. We have lots of mails on Steven Gerrard but mostly Man United and Van Gaal...

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property