KIERAN TRIPPIER and Callum Wilson are both on track to return to Newcastle United's first team before the end of the season.

Trippier has been sidelined since breaking a metatarsal in February’s win over Aston Villa, but should reappear before the end of the campaign after making a brief return to first-team training with the rest of the Magpies squad this week.

Newcastle host Liverpool tomorrow, before rounding off the season with matches against Manchester City, Arsenal and Burnley.

Wilson has been out of action since suffering calf and Achilles injuries in December’s draw with Manchester United, and it is also hoped the striker will return to the squad before the end of the campaign.

“Kieran and Callum are getting closer,” said Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe. “But I don’t think they will be ready for this week. Kieran has been back on the grass and trained with us. One session.

“Callum is not quite there yet, but he is edging closer. He is doing a lot of hard work, and we will be guided by the sports science team.”

When pressed on whether either will play again this season, Howe added: “We definitely won’t rush them back, and we won’t put them at risk, but if they are fit and available, we will use them.”