The Magpies will miss his ability and the assurance he provides at the back.
[SWIFT KICKS] After writing last week that Newcastle United fans could finally sense a turning point in the team's fortunes, it now appears that disaster has struck.
New signing, and defensive stalwart Kieran Trippier has broken his foot.
It's a major blow to a team that, forgive the pun, is just getting back on their feet.
Every Newcastle fan was hoping the injury he suffered in Sunday's win against Aston Villa was something he'd be able to eventually walk off. Perhaps a week out, but nothing too major.
Social media posts of Trippier in a walking boot, but standing on his foot, gave some hope.
But with news of a broken bone in his left foot - the reality is he'll be out for longer, and the effects of his absence will run deep.
Trippier has scored twice in the last two games for Newcastle. His brilliant free-kicks aren't all that will be missed though. He has such an impact on his team-mates and is perhaps one of the biggest influences in the dressing room during The Toon's recent turnaround.
You can tell just how much the squad think of him already, with Magpies manager Eddie Howe having made him captain for the Villa game. His level-headed leadership is no doubt why he was given the armband.
The combination of his ability and assurance to his teammates and coaches is exactly what Newcastle will miss without him. Despite having won three Premier League games in a row for the first time since 2018, and going 4 points clear of the drop zone, they are still very much in a relegation battle.
What's perhaps most worrying is during Saturday's game against Aston Villa, both Newcastle full-backs had to come off injured. Paul Dummett replaced a very solid looking Javier Manquillo at the end of the first half, and Emil Krafth came on for Trippier.
The replacements weren't pretty. A fantastic debut from Dan Burn in the center of defense will need repeating often. And right-back Matt Targett will need to step right in to the squad to sure up the back line once again.
There is still something to be said however about the grit and determination Newcastle showed to see the game out on Sunday.
The belief we wrote about last week will do a lot to help with that. But good performances with a now weakened squad will need to continue as well.