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Newcastle dealt Callum Wilson setback

Newcastle have been dealt a big setback over Callum Wilson and his injury situation…

What’s the latest?

Magpies boss Eddie Howe has revealed that the forward is set to be out until the latter stages of the campaign, with no specific return date set.

Wilson has been named in the club’s 25-man Premier League squad but will play no part against Everton on Tuesday night or in any matches for the foreseeable future.

He told the Daily Mail: “We were never going to leave Callum out. We feel he can come back and play a huge part at the end of the season. We are taking a slight risk in that because he’s not fit at the moment. I felt it was a risk worth taking.’

“There’s a time when he’s due back but, as always with these types of injuries, it is not absolutely clear. We’ll go more on how he feels rather than a specific time given by the physios or doctors. It’s been slow progress for him since the initial injury. He’s been on crutches. I think he’s come off those crutches now and is walking normally, which is a big step.

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“When he comes back, he’s got to be fit and ready to give his best. I don’t think it’s going to be short-term. Hopefully he can make the last few games of the season and really help us in a key moment.”

Gutted

Newcastle fans will surely be gutted with this news as it comes as a major blow to Howe’s squad. He has been the club’s best goalscorer since arriving in the summer of 2020 and losing his talents in front of goal could hinder their chances of avoiding the drop.

This season, he has scored six Premier League goals and Allan Saint-Maximin (five) is the only player who has more than two for the club. Last term, he managed 12 top-flight strikes and was the only Magpies player to reach double figures and one of two, alongside Joe Willock, to score more than four times.

He is a reliable scorer when fit, as he has proven over the last 18 months that he can find the net on a regular basis in the Premier League. This is why fans will be gutted by his extended absence as he leaves a huge hole to fill at the top end of the pitch.

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Chris Wood was signed from Burnley in January and he has only scored three goals in 19 league outings this term. Therefore, he may not be able to score the goals they are set to miss out on because of Wilson’s injury, which is another reason why fans will be frustrated by Howe’s latest update.

The New Zealand international will likely feature for just a third time in Newcastle colours versus Everton this week and will do so with a huge burden on his shoulder, knowing that Wilson won’t be back for a considerable period of time.

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