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Trippier planning a swift return
KIERAN Trippier insists whoever takes his place at Hull City will have his full backing, even if his position is under threat for Tuesday night's game at former club Barnsley.
The 22-year-old misses a league game for the first time since arriving at Turf Moor ahead of last season, after an appeal failed to overturn the disputed red card he received in the 1-0 home defeat to Charlton Athletic last weekend.
Trippier remains adamant that he did not handle a goalbound shot on the line.
But he stressed the punishment would fuel the fight for his place.
“There are a few options, with David Edgar and Dean Marney, who was brilliant after filling in at right back last weekend,” said Trippier of the options to replace him at the KC Stadium this afternoon.
“Luke O’Neill came in during the summer and is doing very well.
“He might not have had his chance yet but he’s training well and his attitude is brilliant.
“Whoever plays, if they take their chance, I won’t be expecting to start the next game.
“I’ve got a job to do then because I want that right back shirt.
“But whoever plays there I’ll support them 100 per cent.
“If they do well they deserve to keep the shirt.”
Trippier says he will be heading to Humberside to support his team-mates this afternoon, even though he finds it tough to watch when he's not involved.
“It’s always hard not playing,” he said.
“Last year I played almost every minute of every league game.
“This year I wanted to do the same thing but unfortunately I can’t.
“I went into the players’ lounge last Saturday to watch the rest of the game. Seeing them running around with 10 men, and when Charlton scored that goal that hurt me even more because I felt like I’d let them down a little bit by getting sent off.
“There was nothing I could do.
“Personally I didn’t think I handled it but the referee made his decision and stuck with it.
“My hands were in front of me and I tried to get them behind me as quickly as I could but it hit me on my right pec (pectoral muscle).
“I blocked it again, then they hit the bar. I was walking into my right back position when the referee pointed to the penalty spot and sent me off.
“I didn’t say anything because he’d made his decision and if I had I would have only got myself in trouble.
“I don’t think there’s any point. It’s not going to change the result.
“That’s football and I've got to get on with it.”
Trippier, who was red-carded in last season's game at Leeds United, missing the FA Cup clash at Norwich City, admitted that if there was one positive to come from his dismissal, it is that the suspension is only for one game instead of the three-match ban he initially feared.
“I was getting a bit nervous because of the Blackburn game, and obviously Barnsley where I started my career,” said the defender, who went on loan to the Tykes from Manchester City in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons.
“I’m thankful it’s only a one game ban. In a way it’s good news, but it’s not good news because you want to stay on the pitch as much as you can.
“I’ve just got to wish the boys luck for (today) and look forward to Tuesday night, and hopefully I’ll get my shirt back.”