Callum Wilson got off to an outstanding start this season with two world-class goals in the opening three matches. However, he was pulled in the second half of the Manchester City draw with a tight hamstring and hasn’t played since.
The initial prognosis from Eddie Howe was his striker would miss a couple of weeks. It has now been four weeks since Callum’s injury with his return not expected until after the international break.
If there is one positive to take from the injury, it happened while the transfer window was still open. That enabled Newcastle to bring in top striker target Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad for a world-record fee.
At the start of the season, Callum revealed his aim was to score enough goals to force his way back into the England reckoning. While this injury has made that goal more challenging, there are nine matches after today’s, including the Carabao Cup, for Wilson to give Gareth Southgate something to consider.
Howe stated during yesterday’s press conference that he wouldn’t count Wilson out just yet. This is what the head coach said as published in The Northern Echo:
“I never try to predict what will happen in the future and I’ll never write off Callum Wilson. His mindset is incredible. I don’t think his World Cup chance is gone and I don’t think Callum believes so either.
“Of course, I feel for him because he’s not in the squad and I feel for him because he’s been injured. But you have to look to the future and for Callum, you can’t sit there and dwell and go, ‘Poor me’.
“He’s not that type and I certainly wouldn’t encourage him to be that way. He’s had an unbelievable rise from non-league to the position he’s in, so I think he savors every moment rather than look at negative situations.
“It will just fuel his motivation and fire him even more so that when he returns, he shows how good he is. He will want to get back as quickly as possible and score goals.”
A fit and motivated Wilson would be perfect for Newcastle over the next few months. He’ll probably be out today but will hopefully return and be raring to go for Fulham on the 1st of October.