Eddie Howe reflects on ‘big boost’ ahead of Manchester City clash

The Magpies squad had two long-awaited additions for the game with the Premier League title contenders.

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has revealed the positive impact made by the return of injured duo Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson.

Wilson has been out of action since he suffered a calf injury in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in December and he was joined in the treatment room by January signing Trippier following a home win against Aston Villa.

The former Spurs and Atletico Madrid right-back sustained a serious foot injury that curtailed his impressive start to life at St James Park and left him to watch on from the sidelines as his team-mates battled their way away from the Premier League relegation zone.

Both players made a welcome return to full training earlier this week and were declared fit enough to take their place amongst the United substitutes for Sunday’s game at the Etihad.

Howe was questioned about their fitness levels before the game as he revealed why both players were not ready to take their place in his starting eleven.

Hee told Sky Sports: “No, they’re not ready to start.

“(It has been) limited training for both of them.

“It’s a massive lift to everybody to have them available from the bench.

“It’s given everyone a big boost in training to have both players back.”