Newcastle United defender Massadio Haidara has managed to come away from his tackle with Wigan's Callum McManaman, without any knee ligament damage.
The 20-year-old was on the wrong end of a controversial tackle in the Magpies' 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Latics in their last outing and there were fears the Frenchman could be out for the rest of the season.
However scans have revealed bruising to the bone and soft tissue damage is the full extent of what Haidara will have to recover from and the defender could be back in action for manager Alan Pardew's team as early as next month.
A statement on the club's official website read: "Massadio will continue to be assessed over the coming days. He has been very lucky that he has not suffered more serious injury.
"This positive diagnosis in no way lessens the club's views with regard to the severity of the tackle from which it resulted."
Next up for the Magpies, who will of course be without Haidara, in the Premier League are defending champions Manchester City in an encounter at the Etihad Stadium on March 30.
City are 1.30 beat Newcastle, 5.50 to draw and 10.00 to lose to the Magpies at the Etihad Stadium.
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