Newcastle United dealt Chris Wood injury scare
Newcastle United have been dealt a potential injury scare following their recent match against Al-Hilal.
The Lowdown: Newcastle beat Al-Hilal
With the World Cup still ongoing, the Tyneside club have travelled to Saudi Arabia for a warm-weather training break.
On Thursday, the Toon beat Al-Hilal 5-0 thanks to goals from Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Dylan Stephenson.
Despite the win, the Magpies were dealt a potential injury scare in the first period of the game.
The Latest: Wood injury scare
According to Chronicle Live, Wood came off in the first half of the match in Riyadh, holding his back after a late challenge.
Speaking after the match, Eddie Howe had this to say on the situation surrounding Wood and his injury scare:
“He’s got a tight back, we hope it’s nothing serious. He just wanted to manage himself and didn’t feel he could continue. There was no point taking any risks.”
The Verdict: A concern for Newcastle
Despite being given the freedom to manage his back issue himself, the fact that Wood could only complete 37 minutes of the game should be a concern for Howe and the club.
Bearing in mind how fellow Newcastle striker Alexander Isak is currently out injured with a thigh injury, potentially having Wood on the sidelines creates a serious depth problem.
Callum Wilson has had his own injury scare with England in Qatar, and given the star man’s persistent fitness problems Howe cannot afford to lose his deputies.
Even though the New Zealand striker has only started two of the 14 Premier League appearances he’s made this season, with a couple of weeks left before the Premier League resumes, everyone connected to the club will undoubtedly have their fingers crossed that Wood and Wilson will be fit and firing come Boxing Day.