Callum Wilson will miss the remainder of Newcastle United’s season with a hamstring injury.
The 29-year-old picked up the injury in the closing stages of Newcastle’s 4-2 win away to Leicester City on Friday night, although the £77,000-a-week striker was able to finish the game.
Wilson has been a vital player for the Magpies this season following his arrival from Bournemouth last summer for a fee of £20m.
His brace at the King Power Stadium took him to 12 goals overall for the campaign – that’s more than double the tally of Joelington, his nearest challenger in the Newcastle ranks with five. His five assists are also a squad-high.
Wilson has already missed seven matches with a hamstring issue in 2021, though, and Newcastle picked up just three points from a possible 21 in his absence.
Chronicle Live correspondent Lee Ryder has offered Newcastle fans some reassurance on the striker’s fitness, tweeting: “It’s understood Callum Wilson injury not serious and precautionary”.
Fulham’s 2-0 defeat against Burnley on Monday night confirmed both their relegation and Newcastle’s survival, so perhaps this is merely a case of ensuring the Magpies’ star man is 100 per cent fit and firing for the new campaign.
The Toon host champions-elect Manchester City on Friday before ending the campaign against Championship-bound duo Sheffield United and Fulham.
The initial concern for Newcastle fans may have been the recurrence of the injury. Indeed, The Athletic journalist Chris Waugh said that it would be ‘understandable’ to worry that Wilson ‘could become susceptible to similar problems in the future’.
However, Ryder’s update should ease any such concerns for now, especially with the Magpies’ top-flight status for 2021/22 being confirmed and now plenty of time for Wilson to recover fully over the summer.
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