ALAN Shearer’s hopeful Massadio Haidara will make a swift recovery – and rejoin Newcastle United’s campaign.
The left-back suffered knee and thigh injuries under a challenge from Callum McManaman in last weekend’s defeat to Wigan Athletic.
There were fears the 20-year-old, signed from Nancy in January, would miss the rest of the season.
However, Haidara – who will have a second scan next week – could be back in a matter of weeks.
The wider issue was the Football Assocation’s disciplinary procedures, which didn’t let it take retrospective action as McManaman’s challenge, missed by referee Mark Halsey, was seen by the linesman.
And Shearer, pictured, the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, shared the frustration on Tyneside at the tackle, and subsequent lack of action from the FA.
Above all, he felt for Haidara, who has shown a lot of promise during his short time at the club.
“It was a bad tackle – you get bad tackles – but it was mis-timed, and it was dangerous, and deserved a red card,” Shearer said.
“What else can you say? It should have been red.
“Newcastle will be angry that no action has been taken.
“Unfortunately, football is a physical game and you get bad tackles, and bad injuries. We all hope and pray that he’s all right. Judging by the sound of it, he might be.
“I don’t know the guy McManaman personally, so I couldn’t speak about his character. I know he’s only a young lad.”
United managing director Derek Llambias said the FA’s diciplinary procedures were “not fit for purpose” in a strongly-worded statement earlier this week.
And the episode is expected to lead to changes in the system.
And Shearer, now a Match of the Day pundit, said: “They look at things when it suits.
“I wasn’t aware of this new rule that if the linesman, or one person, saw it then they can’t do anything about. The important thing is that the guy is all right.”
Shearer was back at St James’s Park this week to be inducted into the Newcastle United Foundation’s Hall of Fame along with a number of other legendary figures from the club’s past.