A scan has confirmed Newcastle star Kieran Trippier will miss the West Ham clash this weekend and teammate Allan Saint Maximin is a possible doubt.
West Ham face a rejuvenated Newcastle at the London Stadium this Saturday.
It is a big game for both teams for very different reasons.
West Ham will be desperate to win to keep their place in the top four while Newcastle are looking to push on in their bid to secure survival after three straight wins made it five Premier League games unbeaten for the Magpies.
The Hammers managed to secure a last gasp draw at Leicester in a topsy turvy 2-2 draw on Sunday.
David Moyes should, more or less, have a fully fit squad available to him bar long-term absentee Angelo Ogbonna and injury doubt Arthur Masuaku when Newcastle come to the London Stadium.
Scan confirms Newcastle star Kieran Trippier will miss West Ham clash and teammate Allan Saint Maximin a possible doubt
But Newcastle’s latest win, a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa, came at a cost with star January signing Trippier fracturing his foot.
Trippier was seen on crutches and wearing a protective boot after Newcastle’s vital win.
And now a scan has confirmed he has fractured a bone in his foot ruling him out of the game at West Ham and for the foreseeable future.
“Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier is set to be sidelined for the club’s upcoming fixtures after fracturing a bone in his foot during Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Aston Villa,” Newcastle announced on Monday.
“The 31-year-old scored the game’s only goal at St. James’ Park to help the Magpies to a third successive Premier League win, but had to be substituted early in the second half after sustaining a foot injury.
“Trippier underwent an X-ray immediately after the game and scans have shown a fracture to the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot. Everyone at the club wishes Kieran a speedy recovery.”
It is not nice to see a player get injured. But such is Trippier’s quality, his absence will be a big relief and boost for Moyes and West Ham.
There could also be another boost in that vein for the Hammers too as Trippier’s brilliant teammate Allan Saint Maximin could also be a doubt.
The exciting and dangerous forward has a good record against West Ham.
But it remains to be seen whether he makes the game after being spotted struggling with an apparent knock during the Villa clash.
Such was Newcastle’s January business – with nearly £100m spent – they will present a completely different proposition than the side West Ham beat 4-1 on the opening day of the season.
But if West Ham have serious ambitions to make the European spots they simply must be winning this kind of match at home.