‘Will make a decision’: Howe says ‘outstanding’ Newcastle star is in contention to play tomorrow
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‘Will make a decision’: Howe says ‘outstanding’ Newcastle star is in contention to play tomorrow

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has shared a fitness update regarding striker Callum Wilson ahead of the side’s Premier League clash against Chelsea tomorrow.

Taking to his pre-match press conference, as relayed by Chronicle Live, the Toon boss revealed the England international is in contention to play after suffering from illness this week.

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“We will wait and see, and he’s been training separately from the group,” Howe said:

“He had the illness and he’s been away from the group.

“He’s trained well but we will make a decision ahead of tomorrow.”

Despite starting the game, Wilson was taken off at half-time against Southampton due to this illness.

Wilson in contention to play tomorrow

With club-record signing Alexander Isak unavailable until after the World Cup due to injury, Howe has been reliant on the Tyneside number nine in recent weeks.

Since returning from his hamstring injury at the beginning of October, the 30-year-old has started every single Premier League fixture.

During this run, the Englishman has bagged himself four goals in seven games, also adding two assists to his tally.

The striker has obviously been key to the Toon’s success in these matches, for which the side have come away with six wins.

Despite the various injuries he has sustained over the years, Wilson has proven he still has the ability to perform at the highest level.

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In front of goal, the attacker is one of the most prolific in the league. His instinct as to where the net is, is incredible; and his positioning in the opponent’s box is always spot-on. As a result, he has been labelled ‘outstanding’ by Newcastle legend Alan Shearer.

With Isak’s absence, Howe will be hoping Wilson is fit enough to feature against Chelsea tomorrow. A last win before the World Cup would set the Magpies up nicely, with the side currently in third place in the league table.

Against the bigger teams also fighting for Champions League qualification, it is essential the Toon pick up as many points as they can.

At the end of the season, a win against the likes of Chelsea could end up being the difference as whether Newcastle miss out on top-four or not.