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Newcastle defender Kieran Trippier reacts to returning to full fitness

Kieran Trippier is finally back to full fitness.

The Newcastle defender hasn’t played since February, fracturing his foot in the 1-0 win over Aston Villa. It ended a sublime start in a Toon shirt for Trippier, inspiring Eddie Howe’s side up the Premier League table.

The 31-year-old has missed 12 games, but could finally return this weekend against Manchester City.

Despite returning to training last week, the home clash with Liverpool came too early. But he’s now had a full week in training, and will hopefully at least be on the bench against the champions.

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Kieran Trippier admits fitness battle has ‘been a tough period’

After club photographers pictured him in training, Trippier reacted to his return on Instagram.

He wrote: “It’s been a tough period being out injured, buzzing to be back on the pitch with the lads. Ready now to finish the season strong.”

It felt like a real blow when Trippier was injured. He had quickly established himself as Newcastle’s star player, netting free kicks against Everton and Aston Villa. He’d even gained his own Ryan Taylor-inspired chant.

Luckily, Newcastle have coped without him. Emil Krafth deserves a lot of credit for that, and has proved a lot of supporters wrong.

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But Trippier is back now, and will hope to feature in our final three games. After the trip to Man City, we welcome Arsenal to St James’ Park then face Burnley on the final day.

The £12million man has handled himself brilliantly during his recovery period. He’s remained a key part of the squad, travelling home and away to support his teammates. Despite only joining in January, Trippier is already a hugely important player in the dressing room.

It would be a surprise to see Trippier start on Sunday, but hopefully he gets some minutes as a substitute. Then he should be ready to play against Arsenal in our final home game of the season.

Luckily for us, we have the luxury of resting Trippier completely. Premier League survival is all but secured, meaning we don’t have to risk our returning hero.

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