Eddie Howe issues Newcastle United injury update on Kieran Trippier ahead of Aston Villa game
The Newcastle United defender was forced off with a calf injury late in Tuesday night’s 3-1 Premier League win over Everton at St James’s Park.
Trippier – who scored with a stunning free-kick, and motioned to come off in added time – is being assessed ahead of Villa's visit to Tyneside.
Head coach Howe said: “I don’t think it’s a long-term injury, but we’ll have to make a late call on it for this game. It would be a big blow to lose him, but we’ll wait and see.”
On 31-year-old Trippier’s impact at United since his move from Atletico Madrid last month, Howe said: “He instantly caught the lads’ respect straight away. Also, his performances have spoken for themselves. He’s got a winner’s mentality. He’s been a key, key person for us. I can’t speak highly enough of him.”