The candidates to step in for Kieran Trippier as Newcastle United confirm devastating injury blow

Newcastle United have confirmed Kieran Trippier has fractured a bone in his left foot, which will force him out of action for a number of weeks.

Kieran Trippier is set to be sidelined for a number of weeks after Newcastle United confirmed the right-back has fractured a bone in his left foot.

The England right-back scored his second free-kick in as many games in the Magpies’ 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.

However, Trippier’s afternoon didn’t last much longer as the 31-year-old was forced to withdraw on 48 minutes.

The former Atletico Madrid star headed straight to the RVI hospital, around 600 yards away from St James’ Park, to undergo an x-ray whilst the game was ongoing.

And the results confirmed Trippier has a fracture to the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot.

No timescale has been given over Trippier’s potential return but there are fears he could be out for up to six weeks.

Following his x-ray, Trippier was spotted on crutches and in a protected boot as he returned to St James’ Park half an hour after full-time to speak with Eddie Howe.

A huge blow for Newcastle United

Trippier has been instrumental both on and off the pitch following his £13million January move.

In his five league games as a United player, the team is unbeaten - recording three wins, two draws and two clean sheets.

Speaking about his impact last week, Howe said: “He instantly caught the lads’ respect straight away, just by his demeanor, how he approaches training and his leadership skills.

“He was very vocal early on when he came in when speaking to the group but also his performances have spoken for themselves.

“He’s determined to be a success in whatever he does. He’s got a winners mentality to everything.

“He’s been a key person for us in our uplift in the team’s fortunes really. I can’t speak highly enough of him and long may that continue.”

Who could step up in Trippier’s place?

Javier Manquillo is the obvious choice but he could also be set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering potential ankle ligament damage in the win over Aston Villa.

That could see Emil Krafth, substituted on for Trippier yesterday, handed a run in the starting XI, though supporters are far from convinced by the Sweden international.

There is also Jacob Murphy. The boyhood Magpies fan has played in that position in recent times but is a recognised winger by trade.

Either way, it is going to be very hard to replace Trippier but Howe & Co must find a way in order to seal Premier League survival.

Three consecutive wins has lifted Newcastle four points above the relegation zone with back-to-back away games against West Ham United and Brentford next up.