Newcastle United star issues encouraging injury update ahead of return

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson has provided an injury update.

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson says he is “getting closer” to a return from his hamstring injury.

The Magpies’ No.9 withdrew at half-time during the Champions League defeat in Borussia Dortmund last month and since missed matches against AFC Bournemouth, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

United boss Eddie Howe is yet to confirm when Wilson will return but the player himself insists “things are going good” as he aims for a swift return to support fellow striker Alexander Isak.

The 31-year-old told the BBC Footballers’ Football Podcast: “Things are going good, I feel good. I feel fit and strong. We’re moving outside and we’re getting closer.

“I’ll soon be dipping back into training but it’s on the physio’s say-so. The sooner the better because Alex [Isak] is a product of me and I’m a product of him for my recent injury struggles.

“I think I need to get back as soon as possible to help him out, to share the load because there’s a lot of demand on the players at the moment.”


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Wilson was photographed in the dressing room following Newcastle’s 4-1 win over Chelsea last Saturday, but he chose to stay at home for Tuesday’s trip to Paris.

When injured, the England international admits he struggles to watch sports on TV, but the form of Isak, who has scored two goals in two games since returning from a groin injury, helps fuel his enthusiasm.

“You become a fan when you watch from afar and you can’t actually affect the outcome of the result,” Wilson continued. Finally, as a professional and a teammate, you want to instill confidence and energy in the men and keep them positive.

When it’s on TV, it’s difficult to watch. Being brutally honest, sometimes I’ll have it on in the background but just pottering around the house doing bits and bobs because sitting there through the whole 90 minutes is frustrating.

“Home games I go to, of course, because you can be down in the dressing room with the lads and I say give them energy they need at times.

“I’m like everybody else, you feel restricted and itching to get back but personally it gives you that motivation.

“When I sit there watching a game at St James’ Park and for example Alex scores, a player in your position who is doing well. It’s competition and when you’re not down there to compete, it’s almost even more frustrating at times.

“I’m not going to sit here and be like ‘ok, I’m not bothered’ but I use it in a positive way. That’s we have such a good relationship on and off the pitch because you’re pushing each other, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me push harder in my rehab.”

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