Newcastle United won’t be without Callum Wilson for much longer, as he will return from injury very soon.
The number nine hasn’t been seen since the thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester City, where he scored his second goal of the season.
Wilson limped off in the second half on that day, and has since been ruled out with a hamstring injury. His latest blow resulted in Alexander Isak arriving for a club record fee of £59million from Real Sociedad.
While Isak has hit the ground running in front of goal, Eddie Howe is certainly missing the presence of Wilson. And it looks like his return is just around the corner.
Callum Wilson will return against Fulham
Newcastle’s next game is away to Fulham on October 1st after the international break, and the Times believe Howe’s squad will be stronger for that fixture.
They report that Wilson will be available for selection for the trip to Craven Cottage, which is a huge boost.
The 30-year-old had started the season brilliantly, scoring wonderful goals against Nottingham Forest and Man City. He was showing the kind of form he needs to make it into the England squad.
But his latest injury setback has hindered his World Cup ambitions, and it’s also hurt Newcastle.
However, it looks like Wilson will be back in contention for the game against Fulham, which is excellent news. It gives Howe more options in attack, and it will be the first time he has his two main forwards available.
That leaves the Newcastle boss with a big decision to make. Does he play Isak and Wilson together? If so, do they play as a strike partnership or does Isak move out wide? Or does one of them start on the bench?
The latter might be more likely given Wilson’s fitness record, and he would be an exceptional option to bring on in the second half if we’re desperate for a goal.
But eventually Howe is going to have to find a way of getting both on the pitch and firing at the same time. With Wilson set to return against Fulham, we may get a first glimpse of the manager’s plans.