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Eddie Howe quizzed on Callum Wilson injury situation

2 weeks ago
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Eddie Howe has been quizzed on the situation regarding Callum Wilson.

The Newcastle United centre-forward forced off through injury against Man Utd 11 days ago.

With 18 goals for Newcastle United in 37 Premier League starts and no obvious like for like replacement (of anything like the same quality), NUFC fans desperately hoping for positive news on Callum Wilson.

Wilson himself confirmed on his BBC podcast earlier this week that he will see a specialist today (Friday 7 January) about the injury.

Callum Wilson stating that it was the soleus area where the issue is, the muscle that originates on the posterior aspect of the tibia and fibula and inserts on the calcaneus through the Achilles tendon.

Media reports this week making the point that with how bad the injury looked at the time and now seeing the specialist today, there are obvious fears that Wilson’s season could be over. Bearing in mind that there are just over four months left of this league campaign.

I hope that they / I’m proved wrong but I think definitely a case of hope for the best but fear (and prepare for!) the worst.

Eddie Howe on Friday morning at his pre-Cambridge press conference, has been asked about this Callum Wilson injury:

“First and foremost my thoughts are with Callum.

“I hope his injury isn’t serious and we can get him on the pitch as soon as possible because we know how important he is for us.

“We don’t have a clear diagnosis at the moment.

“Callum will have another scan very shortly to try and determine exactly how long he will be out.

“There’s still a little bit of uncertainty on that.”

Amongst the many ludicrous strands / events we saw under Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce, to not bring in another striker in the summer (2021) was a real stand out. Bruce as always the willing stooge / patsy, declaring that Newcastle United had more than enough options up front. Despite letting Andy Carroll go and the fact that apart from Willock’s bizarre run of scoring eight goals from only seventeen shots, nobody else had scored more than four Premier League goals.

Given the injury record of Callum Wilson, that decision to not recruit another striker just looked so wrong.

Which brings us to now, bottom line is that with 18 goals in 37 Premier League starts, Callum Wilson can come up with the goods…when on the pitch. However, he has already failed to start 20 of the 57 PL matches so far and that is a stat that is only going to get worse in the coming weeks and potentially / almost certainly coming months.

Newcastle United were surely planning on bringing in a striker anyway this month and now the only question is, whether it will be one or two. That question probably answered once Callum Wilson sees this specialist today.

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