Tino Livramento absence explained as Newcastle United star sees season curtailed early

Newcastle United star Tino Livramento has been ruled out for the last two games of the season after being left out of the squad at Old Trafford tonight.

An ankle injury has left the ex-Chelsea man sidelined for this evening's game and he will also miss the last game of the campaign at Brentford on Sunday. His omission from the team gives England full-back Kieran Trippier the chance to start two much-needed matches as he looks to push Newcastle into Europe and book his England place at the Euros.

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Livramento has suffered ankle issues in the final few months of the season after breaking into Eddie Howe's first-team. The player will now get the closed season to rest up after a steady first campaign since signing from Southampton.

The better news for Howe was that Fabian Schar was fit enough to be on the bench after a hamstring injury. Callum Wilson remains out with an illness but Alexander Isak was back to lead the line.

Speaking about his fitness levels, Trippier said: "I’m 100% fit. I got a little cameo on Saturday. Left-back, right-back, it doesn’t bother me."

When talking about selection issues, Howe said: "I've got decisions to make but I've got decisions to make in quite a few areas of the team, but I'd urge caution with the players that have had long-term injuries because I think the biggest mistake I can make is push them too quickly and then they break down, and that doesn't help anybody."

United named a strong team for the encounter against the Red Devils regardless of absentees.

Newcastle: Dubravka, Trippier, Krafth, Burn, Hall, Longstaff, Bruno, Anderson, Murphy, Gordon, Isak

Subs: Pope, Dummett, Schar, Joelinton, Ritchie, Almiron, White, A Murphy