Newcastle United confirm £57m double injury concern as key man ruled out v Fulham

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Newcastle United handed double injury concern from the defeat to AC Milan in the Champions League.

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe has confirmed both Kieran Trippier and Anthony Gordon left the pitch because of injury during the 2-1 defeat to AC Milan.

The Magpies crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday night after second half goals from Christian Pulisic and Samuel Chukwueze cancelled out Joelinton's opener.

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A win would have seen United qualify for the last 16 of the competition, while a draw was enough for a Europa League spot. Howe's side, however, are out of Europe completely.

Newcastle United right-back Kieran Trippier. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)Newcastle United right-back Kieran Trippier. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Newcastle United right-back Kieran Trippier. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Their focus turns back to the Premier League, starting with Fulham at St James' Park on Saturday.

Kieran Trippier is suspended for the fixture as he serves a one-match suspension for accumulating five yellow cards but will be assessed by United's medics alongside Gordon.

The pair were substituted in the 62nd minute versus Milan.

On Trippier, Howe said: “I think he picked up something in the first half. I don’t quite know what it was at this moment in time. He wanted to carry on at half-time, but then he signalled that he couldn’t continue."

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Then asked if Gordon has been carrying an injury for a while, Howe replied: “I wouldn’t say a while, no. Today he said he had an awareness in his hamstring. We’re not sure if it’s an injury because he can still sort of play but he couldn’t play to the very high level that he has played for a long time.

"I think he had an issue full sprinting but Anthony is a very positive lad, he thinks he’s fine.”

Newcastle, seventh in the Premier League table and seven points off the top four, are hoping to return to winning ways having lost three matches on the spin.

After Fulham, Howe's men face a Carabao Cup quarter-final tie away to Chelsea.

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"I said to the players after the game that this game stops for no one so we have another game in two days and the challenge isn’t going to be easy," Howe added.

"Fulham will come here and make it very difficult for us so absolutely we have to park it and adjust. That’ll be a difficult game, even more difficult after today’s result.

"We have to acknowledge that and then of course we go to Chelsea. The Premier League and this season is unrelenting but we’ve tried to embrace it and use it as a positive."

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