Newcastle United give update on Callum Wilson injury after Southampton
Having been dominated by the visitors, on 55 minutes Callum Wilson produced a very smart finish as he stooped to nod in Jacob Murphy’s header across goal from Schar’s pinpoint pass.
Out of nowhere Newcastle were suddenly ahead, a goal up and set for their first three points of the season.
However, only 12 minutes later, NUFC’s biggest threat was replaced by Joelinton on 67 minutes.
Interviewed by the club’s own NUFC TV, Steve Bruce was asked about this decision to replace Callum Wilson with Joelinton.
The NUFC Head Coach confirming that it was an enforced change, revealing that it is yet another ‘thigh injury’ for the striker. Wilson had received treatment on the pitch in the first half.
Last season Callum Wilson picked up a couple of thigh injuries and a couple of hamstring ones, the net result was that he started only 23 of the 38 Premier League matches, only available to be named in 60% of NUFC’s league matches and fans left wondering what might have been as he scored 12 PL goals despite starting just the 23 matches.
Due to injury, Callum Wilson played only 45 minutes of the final three pre-season friendlies before he started the West Ham match. Maybe a bit of a surprise after having been out injured and having his preparation disrupted. However, he grabbed a goal and now has two from three games, but how is the injury situation now looking?
Steve Bruce speaking to NUFC TV and asked about Callum Wilson:
“Callum Wilson scored and then came off?”
“Yes, he’s got a thigh injury.”
“The international break coming up, is that a good time for him hopefully to get fit?”
Well, it’s a frustration, because unfortunately they are niggling him away.
“Which is frustrating for everybody.
“But, we will see how he is in the week and go from there.”
This is where it gets tricky, due to a refusal by Mike Ashley to allow a realistic level of business in the transfer market, Newcastle are pretty much totally reliant on Callum Wilson when it comes to a goal scoring centre-forward. Especially when Steve Bruce will play Joelinton if Wilson can’t start, Dwight Gayle not getting a single minute in the Premier League whilst Joelinton has now replaced Callum Wilson twice (v West Ham and Southampton) and the Brazilian came on for Fernandez at Villa.
So the pressure is always on Steve Bruce to start Callum Wilson, even when he is carrying an underlying problem…
Time will tell but Callum Wilson really does need to be wrapped in cotton wool this season. Unless he is absolutely 100%, there is no way I would consider playing him against Man Utd, far better to sacrifice what looks a very very tough game anyway, keep him for Leeds at home the following weekend.
Here’s hoping it doesn’t prove an injury situation worse than that.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Southampton 2 – Saturday 28 August 3pm
Wilson 55, Saint-Maximin 90
Elyounoussi 74, Ward-Prowse (pen) 90+5
(In brackets the first half stats)
Possession was Southampton 65% (63%) Newcastle 35% (37%)
Total shots were Southampton 22 (11) Newcastle 10 (4)
Shots on target were Southampton 6 (3) Newcastle 5 (1)
Corners were Southampton 4 (1) Newcastle 4 (1)
Referee: Paul Tierney
Woodman, Fernandez, Lascelles, Schar, Murphy, Sean Longstaff, Almiron, Willock (Fraser 84), Ritchie, Wilson (Joelinton 67), Saint-Maximin
Gillespie, Clark, Lewis, Hendrick, Krafth, Manquillo, Gayle
44,017 (950 Southampton)
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