When news emerged about Newcastle signing Alexander Isak, questions began to surface about how long Callum Wilson will be out of action for.
The striker limped off against Manchester City on Sunday, with Eddie Howe stating that he felt a problem with his hamstring.
With the club waiting on the result of a scan, reports of a club record move for a striker appeared to indicate that Wilson was set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.
However, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Callum Wilson will not be out for too long
According to the Athletic, the 30-year-old will be out of action for around three weeks. While it’s still a blow to be without him, it certainly isn’t the long-term injury that fans feared.
If Wilson is out for three weeks then he will definitely miss our next three games. We face away trips to Wolves and Liverpool next, then it’s Crystal Palace at home on September 3rd.
The away game against West Ham on September 11th is three weeks after the Man City clash. If all goes to plan he could be in contention for that game.
If not, it’s Bournemouth the week after on September 17th.
Chance for Isak to cement his place
While not having Wilson for the upcoming fixtures is a blow, it does present an opportunity to Isak. He’s set to sign for Newcastle for £59million.
He will have an immediate chance to prove his worth to Newcastle, who will be in need of goals with Wilson out injured.
However, Eddie Howe does also have the option of starting with Chris Wood, who scored his first goal of the season last night.
With Isak arriving, Newcastle’s forward line suddenly looks a lot healthier. Losing Wilson is disappointing, but we will soon have more options in attack.
The soon to be record signing will have an early opportunity to show Newcastle fans what he is capable of, and give a glimpse of what a Wilson-less Magpies can look like in the future.
But when the number nine does return, he will be desperate to get his place in the team back. That’s partially why Isak has been signed, as he’s seen as someone who can play alongside Wilson rather than instead of him.