Speaking to Football Insider, pundit Frank McAvennie has reacted to a ‘big, big blow’ for Newcastle United and Steve Bruce as Callum Wilson is ruled out injured for six to eight weeks – with the Englishman now joining fellow absentees Fabian Schar and Javier Manquillo on the sidelines (Sky Sports).
Wilson, who signed for the Magpies last summer, has been an arguable shining light for Bruce in a struggling side – especially considering he has netted 10 Premier League goals this season whilst assisting five others (Transfermarkt).
McAvennie reacts to ‘big, big blow’ for Newcastle
Bruce has since revealed that Wilson faces time in recovery following a hamstring injury, and Newcastle will have to cope without his influence – coming as another ‘big, big blow’ alongside absences for Manquillo and Schar.
McAvennie, speaking to Football Insider, has explained why this could come as a ‘massive’ issue for Newcastle over the coming weeks.
“That is a big, big blow,” explained the former West Ham and Celtic favourite.
“They have won a couple of games recently and he has been a major part of it.
“It’s a massive blow because he is a wonderful player. He will be a big miss for Steve Bruce over the next two months.
“Even when Wilson is not scoring, he does an awful lot for the team. His movement is great, he presses well and he is just a general pest. It is not just about scoring goals.”
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Whether or not Newcastle can cope without Wilson going forward remains to be seen, but they’ll now have to rely on the likes of Joelinton, Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle.
Considering Wilson leads the Newcastle charts for both goals and assists this season, to rid the Magpies of their striking talisman and chief architect at the same time is undeniably disastrous.
Languishing in 17th and coming up against Chelsea this evening, the Magpies will have to be at their very best to pull off an upset at Stamford Bridge, especially without their main man leading the line..
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