Newcastle United have been dealt two cruel injury blows this season with top goalscorer Callum Wilson being absent since he limped off against Manchester United on December 27th and also January recruit Kieran Trippier, being forced off with a broken bone in his foot against Aston Villa back in February.
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Both Trippier and Wilson have been seen back in training in the gym over the past few weeks, but with the Magpies now all but safe from relegation with 43 points, there will seemingly be no need for Eddie Howe to rush them back into first-team action.
This is something Waugh has spoken about on pod on the Tyne.
(52:29) “There had been at one point, the hope that Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson may be back for this match, I certainly don’t think Wilson will be and I think Trippier is unlikely as well. Newcastle don’t need to risk them either, so they’re not going to bring them back too early.”
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While it would have been very nice for at least one of Trippier, who is valued at £16.2 million (as per Transfermarkt), or Wilson to be back and at least in the squad for the clash against Liverpool, there really is no reason to risk them even a little bit as it could see them pick up a longer-term injury and this see their pre-season not as full as possible.
As seen from last weekend’s win against Norwich City, Howe will not be afraid to ring the changes with Newcastle now pretty much safe from the drop, as he handed rests to the likes of Chris Wood, Fabian Schar and Jonjo Shelvey, so there would be very little chance in him risking two key players that have spent so long on the sidelines.