Medical expert names Kieran Trippier return date as 'huge' Newcastle United 'gamble' explained
Kieran Trippier will not be ready to play for Newcastle United for at least another four weeks – any sooner would be a “huge gamble”.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Trippier, 31, has been out with a broken metatarsal since the 1-0 win over Aston Villa just less than eight weeks ago.
Per Chronicle Live on Monday (4 April), Eddie Howe revealed: “We will not be able to start pushing him maybe as quickly as we initially wanted to.”
No definitive date has been set for the right-back’s return.
Dinnery insisted that his total time out will run to 12 weeks at the very minimum before he is back in contention.
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“He has come out the lightweight protective cast and he’s done some work on the anti-gravity treadmill,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“People see that and are filled with optimism, but we have to look at the reality of the situation.
“We talk about the advancements in technology, but it ultimately comes down to physiology.
“When we need a fracture to heal, there is a significant risk of re-injury if anyone returns to play in that eight-week period.
“It was always going to be a huge gamble to bring him back any sooner than that. For the total union of that bone, that can average 11 to 12-weeks,
“We’re still a little way short of that. So the fact that he hasn’t progressed quite as hoped didn’t come as any massive surprise.
“They’ll want to see that bone look really strong and healthy before he is back in first-team contention.”
Trippier became the first signing of the PIF era when he joined Newcastle from Atletico Madrid for £12million in January.
He scored in each of his last two matches before his foot injury and has played five times in total for his new club.