Newcastle United: Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier fine to play
Eddie Howe has confirmed that Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier are fine to play for Newcastle United at home to Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup tonight.
The Lowdown: Southampton scares
Both players came off in the 4-1 win at Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday, with Wilson substituted at half-time.
Howe confirmed after the game that the 30-year-old was feeling ‘light-headed‘ after being unwell during the week, while Trippier received treatment after a knock at the end of the first half.
The Latest: Both players are fine
Speaking to the media in his pre-game press conference on Tuesday morning ahead of Newcastle’s match against Palace at St James’ Park tonight, Howe has confirmed that Wilson is ‘OK’ after falling ill over the last few days.
The manager said of the ex-Bournemouth striker: “He’s OK. He’s been ill for a few days so he’s a little bit run down but we’ll see how he is again today.”
Howe also added that there are ‘no problems’ with Trippier and that he only decided to take the defender off against the Saints as a precaution, stating: “There’s no problems with Kieran. It always looks more than it is when the physio comes onto the pitch, but he came out second-half and he was fine. As I said after the game it was my decision to take him off.”
The Verdict: Start them both
It is always tempting for managers to rotate the squad significantly for matches in the Carabao Cup, as Everton did on Tuesday night by making 11 changes for their game at Bournemouth.
Frank Lampard’s side duly crashed out of the competition, showing how risky it is for clubs if their managers make too many changes to the team, so the Magpies should not be looking to follow the same path.
With the break for the World Cup starting in less than a week, Howe should be looking to field as strong a team as possible against Premier League opposition in Palace, in order to give Newcastle the best possible chance of going through to the fourth round.
They have not won a major trophy in more than 60 years and could have a very good chance of going all the way based on their current form.
Therefore, Howe should be looking to play at least some of his regulars against the Eagles, and both Wilson and Trippier will no doubt be eager to impress ahead of the England World Cup squad announcement on Thursday.