Newcastle United defender and star man Kieran Trippier is getting closer to a return from injury, but according to journalist Lee Ryder, manager Eddie Howe has stated he won’t be available for the match this weekend against Liverpool.
The Magpies enjoyed an almost instant revolution in their form after their mammoth January transfer window which saw a whopping £91.8m spent on players like Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon and Trippier from Atletico Madrid.
The latter’s impact was felt immediately as Newcastle picked up 10 points in his first four Premier League games, with the England international picking up two goals and two clean sheets before sustaining a foot injury during the 1-0 win over Aston Villa and hasn’t featured since.
Despite missing Trippier’s offensive and defensive prowess, Howe’s team have managed to continue their good form and steer clear of relegation trouble as they now sit in ninth with 43 points and are more concerned with a top-half finish than playing in the Championship next season. With this in mind, the north-east team will be looking to finish as strongly as possible, so a return for Trippier is key.
Journalist Ryder relayed Howe’s claim from his recent press conference, stating on Twitter: “Kieran Trippier’s been back in training, he’s had one session recovering from that foot injury which he picked up in February, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to be available for this game.
“If you listen to what Eddie Howe said today, unless he’s got something up his sleeve – maybe he’s going to be on the bench – we’ll have to wait and see.”
TIF Thoughts on Trippier…
While it appears unlikely Trippier will make the matchday squad this afternoon, the fact he could squeeze onto the bench is certainly a sign he is recovering well.
There was speculation around Trippier’s motivations when signing for Newcastle back in January, with some pundits stating it was financially motivated rather than for footballing reasons, but with the potential of the team we have all witnessed over the last few months, people might want to rethink.
The former Atletico man had an instant impact with his set-piece ability at the Toon before his injury – and combined with their current form, the sky is the limit for Howe’s men while they still have the summer transfer window to do even more damage.
Will Trippier return this season?
Prior to the injury, Trippier impressed on his Premier League return, with 3.5 tackles, 2.5 interceptions, 1.5 clearances and 1.5 dribbles per game, as well as 1.5 key passes and 3.5 long balls from the right-back position (as per WhoScored).
Getting Trippier back right now would be a huge boost for the team, but if they decide to rest him until next season they should be just fine with it as they have all but secured safety and nothing really to play for. Next season is when this team could really shine and maybe even make a push for the top six and a European spot.