Newcastle right-back Kieran Trippier is set to face a spell on the sideline after he fractured his bone in their 1-0 win over Aston Villa. He arrived from Atletico Madrid in the transfer window and scored for the second consecutive Premier League game from a direct free-kick. He was removed after the break with Eddie Howe later confirming that he was taken to the hospital for scans.

“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,” Newcastle said in a statement about Kieran Trippier. “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 wasn’t the prettiest – and we’re probably the first to admit that – but I think it was beautiful at the same time, from our perspective because the beauty was in our defending and in our detail. I thought the players gave everything to what was a difficult game – I don’t think either side played the perfect game,” Eddie Howe said. “We feel we have got a good balance; the shape of the team is good and we feel the organization is there. We had to manage the lead and do the horrible things really well and, even in the last few minutes.”

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