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Kieran Trippier’s operation has been successful as Newcastle boss Eddie Howe insists he can still play an important role in the team’s quest for Premier League survival


Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has admitted Kieran Tripper still has a big part to play in their quest to survive in the Premier League despite his injury.

The 31-year-old defender has already undergone surgery to repair his fractured metatarsal as he aims to be back in full competition before the end of this season.

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Trippier had an incredible impact on Tyneside

Tripper has been in a rich vein of form for the Magpies, scoring two goals in his last four league games – including a superb free-kick against Aston Villa.

His leadership qualities were also evident, helping to galvanize the team and boss Howe remains confident he will be important to the team.

“He’s the kind of person he is, he wants to make a difference, he wants to help and he wants to lead, so he’ll have a big impact even if he’s not playing,” Howe said.

“He’s a positive person. I think he was probably aware after the game that there was going to be a problem, I think he had that intuition.

“He got stomped and then he tried to play the second half, but he wasn’t feeling well, so he was aware there was a problem.

“But straight away his reaction to that wasn’t head down, he didn’t isolate himself, he was very positive. He was around the players and gave off good energy, and that’s been him since the first day here.


Kieran Trippier’s operation has been successful as Newcastle boss Eddie Howe insists he can still play an important role in the team’s quest for Premier League survival

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Trippier’s injury is a blow for Newcastle

“The energy and positivity around him is contagious and it definitely affected the people he was around, hence a really positive reaction from the team.”

Howe confirmed Tripper’s operation was successful but could not give a timeframe for his return.

He said: “We hope to see him before the end of the season, but in terms of definitive time, no. We’ll have to see how his first rehabilitation goes.

Tripper returned to the Premier League in January after leaving in the summer of 2019, reuniting with Howe who managed him at Burnley.

Kieran Trippier’s operation has been successful as Newcastle boss Eddie Howe insists he can still play an important role in the team’s quest for Premier League survival

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Howe thinks Trippier can still make a big impact despite his injury

The former Tottenham full-back’s skills were known to the England boss, but he was impressed with Trippier’s improvement.

Howe said: “He’s an inspirational figure and certainly to know young Kieran when I started working with him at Kieran now I think he’s changed and developed in many facets, not just of his game, but of his personality.

“I can’t compliment him enough on everything he’s accomplished in his career, how he’s gone about getting him to the person he is now.”

Spain full-back Javier Manquillo is also sidelined with a minor ankle ligament problem, giving Emil Krafth the chance to start at right-back as Newcastle move to West Ham.

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