Newcastle United could be boosted on Monday night in their final home game of the campaign by the return to the starting XI of Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson.
This is according to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie who has been speaking to This Is Futbol ahead of the game at St. James’ Park against Arsenal.
Trippier was sidelined back in February having featured just four times in the Premier League under Eddie Howe after fracturing a metatarsal in his foot.
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And as for Wilson, the striker sustained a calf injury back in December against Manchester United which has seen him miss 16 Premier League games.
However, the pair returned to action on the weekend against Manchester City with the duo coming on as substitutes and getting 22 minutes under their belts (via Transfermarkt).
With the game on Monday being their final home clash of the campaign, Downie feels the Tyneside faithful may get to see at least one of the players start:
“I would expect one or both of them to start against Arsenal on Monday. And then likewise against Burnley on the last day of the season just to give them that little taste of it ahead of next season,” he said.
TIF Thoughts on Downie’s comments…
This will be a huge boost for the Toon Army who have been without their two stars for the last few months with both sustaining long-term injury setbacks
There is still the hope the Toon could end the season with a spot inside the top half of the Premier League table but a win on Monday does feel like a necessity for that to happen.
However, there will naturally be a concern over both making their return to the XI – if they do – over the possibility of either of them aggravating their previous issue with not a great deal resting on the game.