Kieran Trippier should be back for Newcastle United before the end of the season despite a setback in his injury recovery, according to Eddie Howe.
Back in January, Trippier became the first signing of Newcastle’s new era after their Saudi-backed takeover. He traded being a La Liga champion with Atletico Madrid for a return to the Premier League.
At the time, Newcastle were in serious danger of relegation to the Championship. Therefore, the move may have raised eyebrows on some faces.
But Trippier made a positive start to his career as a Newcastle United player. From his first four appearances, he scored two free kicks.
However, a broken metatarsal has ruled him out since mid-February. In his absence, Newcastle – with the help of four other mid-season signings – have continued to climb away from the drop zone.
But having Trippier back would be a boost for them regardless. Therefore, fans will be anxious to see how Trippier is recovering.
After Newcastle’s 5-1 defeat to Trippier’s former club Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, manager Howe was able to provide an update. It is not all good news, though.
A scan on Friday has shown Trippier is taking longer to heal than expected. Nevertheless, Howe hopes to have him available again before the season ends on May 22nd.
Howe predicts Trippier return in 2021-22
“His injury is healing,” Howe said.
“It’s not totally healed. That’s where it is.
“We’ll be able to start pushing him, not as quickly as we initially wanted to.
“But I still think he will play this season, but with no definite date. He’s making good progress.”
Trippier, 31, signed a contract until 2024 when joining Newcastle in January. He will hope that the next two seasons go more smoothly on the injury front, but is still expected to have a positive impression.
In his absence, the right-back duties have been shared between Emil Krafth and Javi Manquillo. They are tied to the club until 2023 and 2024 respectively, but Trippier is likely to be the favoured option going forward.
Newcastle’s remaining eight games in the league this season will put them up against Wolves, Leicester, Crystal Palace, Norwich, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and finally, Trippier’s ex-employers Burnley.