EDDIE Howe admits he didn't envisage playing both Kieran Trippier and Tino Livramento on the right flank together this season but the head coach has had his hand forced by a series of Newcastle United injury setbacks.

Livramento was signed by Howe as cover and competition for Trippier in the here and now and with the vision of the 20-year-old becoming Newcastle's first choice right-back in the future.

However, the former Southampton and Chelsea youngster has played in forward roles in the past and was used on the right side of the attack in the first half of Tuesday night's Champions League defeat in Dortmund.

With Newcastle's injury issues showing no signs of easing, Trippier and Livramento might well link up again on the right side in the coming weeks - but it wasn't Howe's plan in the summer and it's not something he sees as a long term fix on the flank.

"I wouldn't have said at the start of the season that would be something I'd look to have played but my hands have been forced to a degree," said Newcastle's head coach.

"Tino has played in that role before, that's how he started at Chelsea and was his position before moving back to right-back.

"I thought he did OK in the first half but probably performed better in his normal full back role. But as I said pre-game it was a case of trying to manage the minutes of everyone in the squad and trying to give us a fresh team."


After Lewis Hall was replaced at half-time, Livramento and Trippier played as Newcastle's full-backs in Dortmund and that's how the Magpies are likely to start at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Livramento is still waiting for his first Premier League start but has impressed in the Carabao Cup and his display in Dortmund was one of the positives on a difficult night for Howe, who said: "He played really well again. He played really well on the right and left side so that's great to see. His versatility and athleticism was one of the stand-outs for us."

Another plus point in midweek was Lewis Miley coming off the bench to make his first appearance in the Champions League, aged just 17.

Howe said: "We haven't seen a lot of him recently because he's had glandular fever but he very recently returned to training and I thought he did really well when he came on.

"It was a great example of his temperament, in a very difficult moment he showed his maturity and calmness on the ball. It was a great experience for him."