Newcastle defender Haidara grateful for support after McManaman tackle

The Frenchman has appreciated all the well-wishes he has received from the club's fans on social networking sites, and insists he will come back stronger from the injury
Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara has thanked supporters for their well-wishes after his injury resulting from a bad challenge by Wigan's Callum McManaman in their 2-1 defeat at the DW Stadium.

The French defender joined the club in January for an undisclosed fee, making just two appearances for his new side until McManaman's challenge sidelined him.

Haidara has thanked Newcastle fans for their support, which he says has boosted his spirits in recovering from the injury.

"The great thing is that I've received so much support from people," the 20-year old told The Chronicle.

"From the staff at Newcastle United, the players and from the supporters here in Newcastle who have sent me a lot of 'Get well' messages on Twitter and social networking.

"That has given me a huge lift. I think that will help me on my recovery."

Haidara believes he will come back stronger from the incident - and is optimistic he may not be kept on the sidelines for as long as first feared.

"They say what doesn't destroy you can make you stronger. That's true," the Frenchman continued.

"It is going to be difficult for me to start with when I return. But I have learned a lot from this. I am learning more about the English game and it is a great education for me.

"I hope to be back sooner rather than later. I don't have any precise date for that.

"In the meantime I will work hard here. And of course I will be supporting the team, which I do all the time if I am playing or not."