Kieran Trippier’s injury setback is a ‘disaster’ for Newcastle United and their hopes of avoiding relegation, journalist says DeanJones.
The 31-year-old has made an instant impact since joining from Atletico Madrid in a £12m deal in the January transfer window, but is now set for a long spell on the sidelines.
What’s the latest on Trippier?
Trippier scored directly from a free-kick for the second time in two games at the weekend, netting the winning goal against Aston Villa to secure a potentially crucial three points.
However, the right-back had to be replaced in the 48and minute and Newcastle manager Eddie Howe confirmed after the final whistle that he had been taken to hospital for a foot x-ray.
A subsequent statement from the club revealed the 35-cap England international had broken a bone, although it did not shed light on how long his recovery would take.
“Trippier underwent an X-ray immediately after the match, and scans showed a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot,” it read.
In his four games for Newcastle to date, Trippier has gone unbeaten, guiding them to three successive Premier League wins while securing two clean sheets.
Prior to his arrival, the North East side had only managed one win and one shutout in the top flight, underscoring the exceptional impact of the experienced campaigner.
What did Jones say about Newcastle?
Newcastle’s recent run of good form saw them escape the bottom three and open a four-point gap to 18and-placed Norwich City.
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Nonetheless, the danger of relegation remains for the St. James’ Park side, and Jones believes Trippier’s enforced absence could have significant consequences.
He told GiveMeSport: “It’s a disaster for them. I know they were concerned when they signed Kieran Trippier that he hadn’t played much football this season, that he hadn’t had regular playing time and that there might be times in the season when he would suffer from muscular problems. But it’s different.
Who could replace Trippier?
With fixtures against West Ham, Brighton and Brentford to come, it could be a pivotal few weeks ahead for Newcastle.
But they will have to make do without their new signing and talisman Trippier, leaving Howe to call on his fringe stars once again.
Javier Manquillo and Emil Krafth are the natural alternative options on the right side of defense, and the pair are set to fight for a starting role for the foreseeable future.