Newcastle United provide Kieran Trippier update - plus why it’s NOT ‘gloomy’ for Callum Wilson

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe has provided an injury update on Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson.
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Kieran Trippier will undergo a scan today to determine if the Newcastle United full-back can return to action before the end of April.

The England international has been recovering from a broken metatarsal - sustained in the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on February 13.

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Following a period of wearing a protective boot and being on crutches, the 31-year-old underwent some light work at Dubai’s state-of-art Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex last week.

Fingers crossed on Kieran Trippier

If the scan provides positive signs, Magpies head coach Eddie Howe excitingly believes Trippier can return “quite quickly”.

Howe explained: “Kieran has a scan on his foot to see how that heals, hopefully it goes well.

“From this day, maybe we can push him quite quickly to get back. Hopefully we get good news.”

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Meanwhile, Howe also provided an update on Callum Wilson’s fitness. United’s top scorer, a key player like Trippier, hasn’t kicked a ball since December following a serious calf injury.

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson provides injury update. Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson provides injury update.
Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson provides injury update.

Howe admits Wilson is “slightly behind” Trippier but is hopeful he’ll play again this season. The 30-year-old is back on the training pitch at Benton, though is restricted to running drills.

After Howe’s pre-match Tottenham Hotspur press conference on Friday, NewcastleWorld caught a glimpse of Wilson doing some sprints, hopefully a sign that he is stepping up his recovery.

Callum Wilson ‘slightly behind’ Trippier

“With Callum, he’s slightly behind Kieran but he’s still making good progress,” Howe said. “He’s back on the grass running, but I still think he’s got a little bit more time ahead of him.

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“It’s not necessarily a gloomy assessment, it’s more the type of injury he’s had. It needs time.

“We need to stress the achilles and calf in the right way because if we do it too quickly, he’ll re-injure himself. We do it too slowly then we’ll run out of time for the season.

“With Kieran, it’s more of a bone injury and once it heals, he’s good to go. The achilles is a lot more delicate.

“I hope so (see him play again this season). But I can’t tell with any clarity that it’s a certainty. I hope he’ll play this season.”