MASSADIO Haidara is finally about to hit the comeback trail at Newcastle United – and that spells double trouble for Davide Santon.
The defender is yet to kick a ball in anger this season because of an injury.
But 20-year-old Haidara, signed from Nancy in January, is pencilled in to return to full training next week.
And United manager Alan Pardew is looking for him to challenge first-choice left-back Santon, who is already under pressure from Paul Dummett.
“Massadio’s training on Monday,” Pardew told SportMail. “He’s had a terrible pre-season, bless him.
“He’s a young player, and he’s never really had an injury before. It’s been difficult for him.
“But he’s brushed up on his English and hopefully he’ll put more pressure on Davide.
“Davide’s been brilliant, but it’s about competition.
“Dummett’s breathing down his neck and making him push on. That’s how it should be.”
Haidara made eight appearances for Newcastle last season.