Medical expert Ben Dinnery has said that there is ‘better news’ regarding Callum Wilson’s return to action for Newcastle.
The striker has been out of action with a hamstring injury since he scored Newcastle’s first goal in the 3-3 draw against champions Manchester City in August and has missed each of the Magpies’ last four Premier League games.
Having hit the ground running with two goals in the opening three league games, Wilson admitted that it was ‘disappointing’ to suffer a ‘little setback’ (BBC Radio 5 Live, via Daily Mail).
Toon manager Eddie Howe suggested that the 30-year-old was almost in contention to feature in the 1-1 draw against Bournemouth last weekend and has hinted that he could be in line for a return after the international break.
Dinnery has now relayed those comments and, while Allan Saint-Maximin’s recovery period still seems unclear, he had ‘better news’ on Wilson.
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Speaking on his Premier FPL Injuries YouTube channel, the injury expert said: (2:19) “There was a lot better news with regards to Callum Wilson. Callum Wilson is coming off the back of his own muscular problem and we know he has a chequered injury past.
“Eddie Howe said he was very close for that Bournemouth game and they decided to err on the side of caution and keep him out of the firing line on the understanding that he’d get another solid two weeks of training under his belt.”
Dinnery went on to discuss the potential of starting both Wilson and Alexander Isak upon the former’s return to action, and that has been a hot topic of conversation on Tyneside.
Former Premier League striker Kevin Campbell told Football Insider that the 30-year-old could join Newcastle’s £63m club-record signing in the starting line-up, as it may be difficult to have either on the bench.
Isak has already scored twice for the Magpies while Wilson has been sidelined, but considering that the English centre-forward was the club’s top scorer last term and the form he was showing prior to his injury, he does have a case to start when he’s back available.
However, considering Wilson’s persistent injury record, chances to start the duo alongside each other may be limited, although it would certainly be exciting to see if Howe does choose to deploy a front two.