‘He’s OK’:  Eddie Howe says 30-year-old Newcastle player might be ready to face Palace tomorrow
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‘He’s OK’: Eddie Howe says 30-year-old Newcastle player might be ready to face Palace tomorrow

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe says striker Callum Wilson is OK after being ill for a couple of days.

That’s what the Toon boss said during his pre-match press conference today, ahead of the Magpies’ Carabao Cup fixture against Crystal Palace tomorrow night.

If the 30-year-old isn’t deemed well enough to start, he may feature off the bench if the Tynesiders are in need of a goal, but nothing is confirmed as of yet.

Howe says Wilson is OK

With such undeniable talent, it’s such a shame to see Wilson’s career plagued with injuries.

Even this season, for example, the Englishman missed five Premier League games due to an issue with his hamstring.

Without this absence, the striker may be far higher up the top-scorers list, having bagged six goals in ten appearances.

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The 30-year-old is lethal in front of goal, and this instinct in the final third is illustrated by his numbers when he is able to get a run of games under his belt, injury free.

Whilst Alexander Isak is unavailable, Wilson will continue to lead the line as Newcastle’s number nine.

Whether Howe will risk him for the EFL Cup tomorrow awaits to be seen, but the Toon are desperate for silverware, so he may have to be used if the team are needing a late goal.

Although, in the grand scheme of things, risking further absences may not be the smartest decision as the Magpies remain well and truly in the race for a top-four finish.