Newcastle boss Eddie Howe provides concerning Kieran Trippier update ahead of West Ham

Eddie Howe's side are getting cut adrift at the bottom of the league


Eddie Howe held his latest pre-match press conference on Friday morning ahead of Newcastle’s clash with West Ham.

Newcastle will face off with the Hammers at the London Stadium in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off.

Ahead of the game, Howe would discuss a number of topics, providing an update on Kieran Trippier, who picked up an injury in Newcastle’s win over Aston Villa last weekend.

The Magpies boss, though, would not put a time frame on the defender’s return, simply labelling the injury a 'significant' one: "He had his operation yesterday and that went well so that was good news.

“We aim to have him back before the end of the season but it's a significant injury which is a big blow for us."

Elsewhere on the Newcastle injury front, Howe had the following to say: "(Javier) Manquillo went off in the same game after landing awkwardly on his ankle following a header.

“We don't think that's serious but he will miss the (West Ham) game. Apart from that, we're as we were."

West Ham vs Newcastle

West Ham head into Saturday's game in the midst of a pretty patchy run of form that has seen them win just two of their last five league ties.

As a result, the Hammers have slipped down to 5th  in the Premier League table, with all of the Europe-chasing sides below them boasting at least two games in hand.

Newcastle, on the other hand, have turned a serious corner in the last few weeks, suggesting the clash may prove pretty hard-fought.

The Magpies have won three Premier League games in a row, a stark contrast to their previous 20 league games of the season, which they had won just one of.

Of course, losing Trippier is a big blow for the North East outfit, but they nevertheless no doubt feel more confident heading into this game than they would have two months ago.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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