Newcastle defender hints at comeback

Massadio Haidara
Massadio Haidara

Rafa Benitez is ready to welcome back a defender to the Newcastle United fold.

Massadio Haidara is yet to kick a ball in anger this season.

But the forgotten defender, now in the final year of his St James's Park contract, has hinted that he's ready to return on social media.

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Haidara yesterday posted a photograph on Instagram with the caption "back".

The 24-year-old only made one pre-season appearance for Rafa Benitez's side – Haidara started the first game against Heart of Midlothian – and was told to find a new club in the summer by Benitez.

Massadio Haidara on Instagram

Massadio Haidara on Instagram

However, a proposed summer move to Saint-Etienne broke down in late July.

Haidara, signed from Metz in January 2013, has recently been sidelined with an unspecified injury.

The former France Under-21 international could feature in Monday night's Premier League 2 fixture against Southampton at the St Mary's Stadium.

Benitez's only other long-term injury concern is Paul Dummett, Haidara's fellow left-back.

Dummett, expected back next month, suffered a hamstring injury in the club's Premier League season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur in August.