Why Newcastle's Callum Wilson was substituted at HT vs Southampton
Why Newcastle striker Callum Wilson was substituted at half time vs Southampton

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Why Newcastle striker Callum Wilson was substituted at half time vs Southampton

Newcastle United won yet again on Sunday, but there was concern when Callum Wilson was substituted at half time.

The number nine had started the game up front for Eddie Howe’s side, and played a part in Miguel Almiron scoring the opening goal of the game.

Wilson was playing in front of England manager Gareth Southgate for the second game in a row, having scored twice in his presence last weekend.

The Southampton game was the final Premier League fixture before Southgate confirms his World Cup squad, with Wilson no doubt desperate to impress one last time before Thursday’s announcement.

However, he was forced off after 45 minutes. The 30-year-old did not come out for the second half, with Chris Wood coming on in his place. The substitution didn’t hinder Newcastle, with Wood getting his first Premier League goal of the season.

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While the Magpies continued to excel in Wilson’s absence, there was still real concern as to why he was taken off. However, there is seemingly nothing to worry about.

Lee Ryder confirms why Callum Wilson was substituted

After the game, the Chronicle reporter Lee Ryder commented on Wilson being taken off at half time on his official Twitter account.

He wrote: “No problems for Callum Wilson. Just slight illness resulted in substitution.”

Sky Sports presenter David Jones also backed up this claim live on air before Tottenham Hotspur’s game against Liverpool.

While the illness must have been bad enough for Wilson to come off, it’s better than a muscle injury or something of that ilk. That was always a worry given his fitness record.

But the striker did say during the week that he was feeling ‘run down’ due to illness, and it looks like it has stopped him playing the full game at St Mary’s.

He will be disappointed, as he failed to add to his tally of six Premier League goals of the season. But the main thing is that he isn’t injured ahead of Southgate naming his 26-man World Cup squad.

Fingers crossed Wilson can shake off the illness in time for Newcastle’s next Premier League game – their final one before the World Cup break.

The Magpies face Chelsea at St James’ Park, and hopefully Toon fans are waving Wilson off as he prepares for a trip to Qatar to potentially bring football home.