Rolando Aarons battling to play again this year, but better news on Massadio Haidara

Massadio Haidara with Georginio Wijnaldum
Massadio Haidara with Georginio Wijnaldum

Newcastle United’s Massadio Haidara will be back after the international break – but Rolando Aarons is battling to play again this year.

Haidara suffered an injury in Monday night’s Under-21 Premier League game against Aston Villa.

He’ll be out a week or two, but should be back after the break.

The defender limped out of the fixture at St James’s Park with a groin problem, and there were fears the left-back was facing several weeks on the sidelines.

But United head coach Steve McClaren is hopeful he will be available for the home game against Leicester City on November 21.

“The scan shows a groin strain,” said McClaren, whose side take on Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium this afternoon.

“He’ll be out a week or two, but should be back after the break.”

Aarons, however, is facing a longer spell on the sidelines with a twisted ankle suffered in a training session.

The luckless winger missed most of last season with hamstring and thigh injuries after forcing himself into the first-team squad, and he has made just four appearances so far this season.

Aarons was spotted at the Under-21 match wearing a protective boot.

McClaren said: “He got a kick, twisted his ankle. He had a scan and it’s a few weeks, maybe three or four weeks.

“He’s been a little unlucky with injuries. He’s only as young man, but he needs to get consistency and some performance, and he just keeps getting little knocks.

“But they will clear up and they will be right, and, eventually, he will come back and be a good player.”

McClaren, however, feels that Aarons will overcome his injury problems and fulfill his potential.

“It’s part of parcel of growing up and part of parcel of being at a big club and a big team,” he said.

“The expectations are huge when you come in and you perform as he has. He has done very, very well.

“There’s a certain amount of expectation and pressure and when you can’t get into a rhythm in your game. It’s frustrating, and that’s where Rolando is at the moment.

“But he’s only 19 – he’s got plenty of years ahead.”