You cannot ever say that 25 year-old Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been lucky with injuries lately, but on the other hand they have shown what a tough and strong character he is.
Callum suffered another serious ACL injury in early February to his left knee and will be out for the rest of the season and sometimes these injuries keep players out for up to a year and sometimes even longer than that.
The irony is that Callum also suffered an ACL injury early last season September 2015 which kept him out for most of the season (eight months) before he returned in April of last year.
Callum Wilson – out for the season with serious ACL injury
So that’s two serious ACL injuries in about 21 months for the striker.
This is what Callum has said on the Bournemouth web-site about his latest injury:
“It’s going well. I’m six weeks post-op now and I feel like I’m ahead of where I was last time in terms of moving and gym work – it’s probably down to having the experience of the injury before.”
“My head’s in a good place and I think my injury recovery’s going well.”
“It’s easier going through it a second time because out of that bad situation you’ve got that experience of how to get through it how to get back fit and string again.”
“I feel like when I returned last time I wasn’t back to my best at all for a while so this time there have been things I’ve changed.”
If Callum was Rafa’s top striker transfer target this summer that will now likely change, but maybe if Callum is fit in January Rafa could still potentially go after him if he is keen to get him on Tyneside.
These serious injuries are always very difficult for footballers and our two goalkeepers Tim Krul and Rob Elliot are only just back from recovering from their Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries.
Let’s hope that Callum makes a good and speedy recovery – this lad has guts.