Kieran Trippier in 'real danger' as pundit fears Newcastle United 'big blow'
Newcastle United star Kieran Trippier is in “real danger” of picking up a long-term injury during the second half of the season.
That’s according to former Hibernian striker Tam McManus, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about his fears over the defender’s fitness.
Trippier, 32, has started all 14 of Newcastle’s Premier League games this season.
After he joined the club from Atletico Madrid in January, the defender was only able to make three appearances before a foot injury ended his season.
McManus fears Trippier will suffer another long-term injury during the packed second half of the season.
“Trippier is probably the most important player in that side,” McManus told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.
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“What he gives you in leadership and confidence, you can’t buy that and that’s before you get to how good of a footballer he is.
“He’s been one of the best players in the league this season. Nothing gets past him and he gets a fair few goals and assists as well.
“You just wish he was five years younger but I think he probably has a good couple of years left in him at the top level.
“He did have that injury last season and he has been lucky to avoid that happening again. You wonder if in the second half of the season Newcastle will have to manage him because the games come so fast and losing him would be a big blow.
“I think there is a real danger of that happening.”
Trippier has scored once and provided three assists in his 14 league outings this season.
Newcastle are next in action against Chelsea on Saturday (12 November).