Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson & others - Newcastle United injury latest and expected return dates ahead of Aston Villa

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Newcastle United’s injury list and expected return dates ahead of facing Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.

Newcastle United were handed a fresh injury concern following their huge victory over Everton on Tuesday night.

Three points for Eddie Howe’s men seen them climb out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time since early-October.

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But how is the squad looking ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Aston Villa at St James’ Park?

We take a look at the Magpies’ current injury list and when those players might return:

Kieran Trippier

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A fresh injury concern for Newcastle after limping off in stoppage time during the 3-1 win over Everton.

Indeed, his late withdrawal came after the England right-back capped off a faultless defensive display with a stunning free-kick to confirm a massive three points.

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Howe confirmed after the game Trippier will be assessed ahead of facing Aston Villa at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.

“Kieran, I think, has a slight calf injury,” Howe said in his post-match press conference.

“He motioned that he needed to come off, so we’ll have to assess that later.

“It’d be devastating to lose him given the form he’s in.”

Expected return date: Too soon to say. Hopefully, Sunday.

Callum Wilson

Callum Wilson of Newcastle United reacts with an injury during the Premier League match between Newcastle United  and  Manchester United at St James' Park on December 27, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Callum Wilson of Newcastle United reacts with an injury during the Premier League match between Newcastle United  and  Manchester United at St James' Park on December 27, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Callum Wilson of Newcastle United reacts with an injury during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on December 27, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It looks as though the calf injury Wilson sustained in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on December 27 will keep him out until the latter weeks of the season.

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Speaking on Monday morning, Howe provided a worrying update: “There’s a time when he’s due back but, I think, as always with these types of injuries, is not absolutely clear.

“We’ll go more on how he feels than a specific time given by the physios or doctors.

“It’s been slow progress for him since the initial injury. He’s been on crutches. I think he’s come off those crutches now, and is walking, which is a big step.

“We all wish Callum to come back as quickly as possible, but when he comes back, he’s got to be fit and ready to give his best.

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“I don’t think it’s going to be short-term. Hopefully, he can make the last few games of the season, and really help us in the key moment.”

Expected return date: April.

Federico Fernandez

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Fernandez, included in United’s 25-man squad ahead of Ciaran Clark, has been out of action since December with a calf injury.

However, Howe revealed on Monday the Argentine is “edging closer” after beginning work with the sports science department.

“I think Fede is edging closer,” Howe said. “I don’t see Fede being too far away.

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“I also think Fede is a really, really important person in terms of his leadership qualities in the group. I think he’s a real fighter.

“In terms of our position currently in the league, he is an inspirational figure around the club and I was desperate to try and keep him available for selection.”

Expected return date: Brentford (A) - February 26.

Matt Ritchie

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Ritchie missed the victory at Leeds after Howe confirmed the 32-year-old was touch-and-go with a knee injury.

The 32-year-old didn’t feature in the friendly against Al-Ittihad either, and it was confirmed earlier this week Ritchie is out “longer-term”.

Potential return date: Unknown.

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Paul Dummett

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Dummett made just his second start of the campaign at Leeds having just recovered from a calf injury.

But since then, the Geordie defender has been fatigued, which has forced him to miss training and the win versus Everton.

Potential return date: Unknown.

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