Live updates

Advertisement

Starting line-ups: Sunderland v Newcastle

Newcastle defender to miss rest of season

Newcastle full-back Massadio Haidara will not play again this season after undergoing surgery on his troublesome knee.

The 22-year-old Frenchman, who has missed the last three games, had a procedure to remove a cyst from his knee last Thursday and head coach John Carver revealed his campaign is now over as a result.

Carver said: "Sadio Haidara had a cyst taken off his knee last Thursday in France and he won't be available for the rest of the season."

Advertisement

Newcastle v Arsenal starting line-ups

Newcastle boss angry with 'insulting' Neville jibe

Newcastle head coach John Carver has hit back at Phil Neville's suggestion that his players are already on the beach after their Premier League defeat at Everton.

Carver has refuted Phil Neville's dig at his players. Credit: PA

Carver was furious at comments made by the Match of the Day pundit in the wake of his side's 3-0 surrender at Goodison Park last Sunday in which he voiced the opinion that some members of the Magpies squad "had their flip-flops on".

The 50-year-old said:

I was pretty angry when I heard it because he couldn't be any further from the truth. I think it's insulting and I think it's wrong, especially from ex-players. I'm sure if they were playing now, they wouldn't like the comments, as I didn't.

What I did do was to inform the players about what these people had been saying. I thought it was important that they knew. Now it's down to ourselves to show those people out there that we've not got our flip-flops on - although we might today, because it's sunny!

– Newcastle manager John Carver
Load more updates