A recent report reveals that Newcastle United is facing the prospect of being without Callum Wilson for a minimum of six weeks due to a hamstring injury. The 31-year-old opted out of England’s upcoming internationals against Malta and North Macedonia after missing the 2-0 defeat to his former club, Bournemouth.
Wilson, who has been in excellent form for Newcastle, continuing from where he left off last season, has been a key player in the absence of strike partner Alexander Isak, who is recovering from a groin issue. According to Telegraph Sport, Wilson’s potential six-week absence could mean missing Newcastle’s remaining two Champions League fixtures and several crucial Premier League matches.
There is a glimmer of hope with Isak possibly returning to action immediately after the November internationals, providing a significant boost to manager Eddie Howe. The team has been grappling with a series of injuries, including Jacob Murphy’s shoulder problem following the recent 1-0 victory over Arsenal. Harvey Barnes is already sidelined with a toe injury sustained in the 8-0 win against Sheffield United in September. Additionally, Elliot Anderson and Dan Burn are dealing with back problems, and their return is not expected until the new year. Sven Botman, nursing a knee injury, may face a more extended recovery period than initially anticipated.
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Newcastle sit seventh in the Premier League table after taking 20 points from their first 12 games, but the defeat to Bournemouth highlighted just how stretched Howe’s squad is.
The Magpies still have ambitions of making it out of their Champions League group, but defeat to Borussia Dortmund last time out has made life difficult. Newcastle must now travel to Paris Saint-Germain and get a positive result, when they will still be depleted by injuries, and will likely need to beat AC Milan at St James’ Park to have any chance of making it through to the last 16.
Sandro Tonali’s ten-month ban for betting offences has already forced the club to re-assess their plans in the January transfer window, but the focus may change if Newcastle continue to be dogged by injuries in defence and up front.