Kieran Trippier injury: Eddie Howe confirms major Newcastle blow ahead of Chelsea match

Kieran Trippier injury: Eddie Howe confirms major Newcastle blow ahead of Chelsea match

Eddie Howe has revealed that Newcastle will be without Kieran Trippier for the crucial upcoming games against Chelsea and Manchester City.

The England right-back picked up a calf injury in last weekend’s win over Wolves, which is set to keep him out until after the international break.

“Kieran’s injury is not too bad, a minor injury,” Howe told reporters.

“The scans showed enough to probably keep him out for the next two games, and we hope he will be back for the first game after the international break, although that’s not guaranteed.

“There is every chance he travels to both games; he is very keen to stay with the group despite the injury. It highlights his leadership qualities.”

Joelinton and Callum Wilson are among Newcastle’s other injury absentees for Monday night’s trip to Stamford Bridge, along with Lewis Hall who is ineligible to face his parent club while still on loan on Tyneside. Chelsea are also missing several players including Levi Colwill and Ben Chilwell.

The match could give the Toon the chance to re-enter the European qualification places, depending on results over the weekend.

Trippier will then miss the FA Cup quarter-final tie away to Manchester City on March 16.

As a result, former Chelsea full-back Tino Livramento is expected to earn a chance to impress.

“It has been a brilliant start to his Newcastle career,” Howe said of the 21-year-old. “Tino has handled himself well, played ever so well.

“It goes without saying how good he is athletically and that showed with his goal against Wolves, showed his running ability and then his technical quality. I have been delighted with how he has started here.”