Toon unlikely to sue McManaman

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew prior to kick-off at the DW Stadium
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew prior to kick-off at the DW Stadium

NEWCASTLE are unlikely to sue Wigan striker Callum McManaman for his reckless challenge on their full-back Massadio Haidara.

The 21-year-old Latics starlet escaped punishment for the challenge which left Frenchman Haidara in hospital when the Football Association ruled they could not charge him retrospectively because the incident had been seen by one of the match officials at the time and not deemed worthy of a red card.

It will take a second scan next week to determine the severity of the damage and subsequently how long the 20-year-old will be out of action, but PA Sport understands the club currently has no plans to resort to the courts.

Haidara has been inundated with messages of support since he left the field on a stretcher and early indications are that his injury may not be as serious as was first feared.