Three Newcastle United players set to miss the rest of the season – Official NUFC injury update
Good to see Newcastle United players Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson back in the matchday squad at the Etihad.
Even better to see them both back on the pitch as Eddie Howe gave them the last 20 minutes against Manchester City.
They both showed glimpses of what we have been missing in recent months, though understandably a little rusty and not up to full pace just yet. Wilson should have scored when one on one with Ederson, whilst Trippier got comprehensively done for pace on one duel down Newcastle’s right.
However, great to see them return from their respective surgeries and in the final stages of their recoveries. Both of them now getting into a position where hopefully they are now set to be fully tuned up for when the 2022/23 Premier League season kicks off.
Only 13 days now until this Premier League season ends and both players will be hoping to build on yesterday, with more minutes against Arsenal and Burnley. Kieran Trippier in particularly will be keen to show Gareth Southgate that he is ready and available after the season ends, as there is a very important England get together in early June, with four Nations League games to play and this international get together likely to go a long way in terms of helping Southgate get clearer in his head, who is likely to make the squad for Qatar in November.
For three other Newcastle United players though, it very much looks unlikely that we will see them on the pitch again this season.
Eddie Howe explaining the surprise absence of two of them, following the Man City final whistle:
“Joe Willock has had a knee problem for a couple of months and we felt it was gone.
“However, it came back against Liverpool last week, so it looks like his season is over.
“Jonjo Shelvey has a calf injury, which is quite similar to the one he had at the start of this season.
“So it looks like both players will be out for the (rest of the) season.”
Ahead of yesterday’s match, a Liverpool fan posted the following on Twitter ahead of Newcastle’s game at Man City, Shelvey’s presence in Paris rather than Manchester being explained by Howe’s post-match comments.
Seen our Jonjo Shelvey in Disney Paris just now, he said Toon gonna do Liverpool favour today ⚽️❤ pic.twitter.com/RxwqTjJdLU
— Séan Hughes (@SeanHughes2209) May 8, 2022
Eddie Howe had made clear ahead of the Man City match that Ryan Fraser is very unlikely to be seen again this season, which makes at least three Newcastle United players who are now looking ahead to August, rather than the next game.
Unlike a certain previous Newcastle United Head Coach, I think Eddie Howe has done a really good job in terms of looking after his players and the club, not taking unnecessary risks with various Newcastle United players and ending up with individuals out for far longer than they should have been.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Manchester City 5 Newcastle 0 – Sunday 8 May 4.30pm
Sterling 19, 90+3, Laporte 38, Rodri 61, Foden 90
(Half-time stats in brackets)
Possession was Man City 71% (68%) Newcastle 29% (32%)
Total shots were Man City 21 (10) Newcastle 7 (2)
Shots on target were Man City 9 (5) Newcastle 3 (1)
Corners were Man City 8 (4) Newcastle 2 (1)
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Attendance: 53,336 (Newcastle 3,000)
Dubravka, Krafth (Trippier 68), Lascelles, Burn, Targett, Guimaraes, Longstaff, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin, Almiron (Murphy 80), Wood (Wilson 68)
Darlow, Dummett, Schar, Ritchie, Manquillo, Gayle
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(Manchester City 5 Newcastle 0 – The three big points that I’m taking from the match – Read HERE)
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