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Newcastle faces potential season-ending injury after five-month setback.



Newcastle United left-back Matt Targett is fighting to return to duty before the end of the season after an ankle setback.

The 28-year-old has not played for Newcastle since suffering a hamstring injury against Manchester United in November. In March, he briefly returned to the bench before injuring his Achilles.

When asked if it was a setback at the time, Howe told The Gazette, “Not a big deal; he’s got a little tendonitis in his Achilles.” We believe he will come returning soon.”

However, Targett has subsequently missed matches against Everton, Fulham, and Tottenham Hotspur, with Howe now claiming: “Matt’s situation has turned out to be a little more serious than we probably initially believed. It’s an Achilles’ heel, so we’ll see what happens.”

Newcastle has only six games remaining until the end of the season; if Targett is unable to return before the end of the campaign, he will likely go at least nine months without a competitive game. Targett still has two years left on his four-year contract signed in 2022, when he joined the Magpies permanently from Aston Villa for £15 million after an initial loan term.

But his time as a permanent Newcastle player has been difficult, with only seven Premier League starts.

Elsewhere in Newcastle’s squad, Kieran Trippier is hoping to return to Premier League action later this month against Crystal Palace. The England right-back has missed United’s last six matches in all competitions due to a calf injury.

However, Howe has stated that the 33-year-old might return soon, given his team has a free weekend before their trip to Selhurst Park.

“Kieran’s doing well, he’d be one of the players in the background that’s starting to feel really good,” he said. “He’s still not on the training pitch with us, but there are encouraging signs and an optimistic future for him. “Hopefully, he’ll return soon.”

Howe will also be hoping to see Callum Wilson, Miguel Almiron, Joe Willock, and Nick Pope return in the coming weeks following their separate injuries. Joelinton and Lewis Miley, like Targett, are battling to return before the season ends.




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