'We hope so' - Newcastle United dealt fresh injury concern ahead of Aston Villa clash

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Newcastle United dealt Kieran Trippier concern ahead of the Premier League clash against Aston Villa.

Newcastle United will assess Kieran Trippier ahead of Tuesday's Premier League trip to Aston Villa.

The Magpies advanced into the fifth round of the FA Cup after a goal in each half from Sean Longstaff and Dan Burn sealed a 2-0 win at Fulham. Trippier's late withdrawal in the closing stages sparked some concern but United boss Eddie Howe is hopeful the issue is nothing serious.

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Asked if the England international was OK, Howe told NewcastleWorld: "We hope so. He's had a groin problem sort of grumbling away for a while. Today he just said he was a bit fatigued at the end. Fingers crossed it's nothing serious and no new injury."

Longstaff handed the Magpies the lead at Craven Cottage in the 39th minute before Trippier had a hand in the second goal when his corner was headed goalwards by Sven Botman. Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak saved the effort but Burn tapped home on the goalline.

Speaking about the result, Howe said: "Difficult game, not our finest performance. I think you win these types of games in the mind.

"The motivation had to be there, the resilience had to be there, and both were. The second half was better in terms of technical delivery. We are pleased to win and keep a clean sheet, and score two good goals.

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"We knew it was going to be difficult tonight. You come to this ground, it is a Premier League [level] game. We've got our injury troubles and are not at our fluent best.

"In these sorts of games that is when you have to try and dig out a result, and try and get yourself into the next round. That is where I have to praise the players - we weren't at our best in the first half but we came in at the break 1-0 which was a good scoreline for us."

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