Chris Waugh has been discussing Callum Wilson’ injury on the latest episode of Pod on the Tyne.
It will be a concern for Steve Bruce who is set to be without his number nine, top scorer from last season and currently this campaign’s top scorer with The Athletic claiming that he may not return until after the international break.
Will Newcastle win while Wilson is injured?
The England international was subbed off after scoring the opening goal against Southampton which was later revealed by Lee Ryder (24:36) to be because of an injury that the club reportedly knew about before deadline day, which means they’d decided to not bring in a backup striker for Wilson even after knowing this.
Waugh spoke at length about Wilson’s injury and how it came about (44:40):
“I think he tweaked it already post Southampton and obviously he scored against Southampton and that was after he’d already tweaked the thigh during the first half [and] continued, I think he came off about 69 minutes.
“There has been no timescale given by Newcastle United, Steve Bruce didn’t want to put a time scale on it on Friday.
“But I understand that it was sort of a six-week diagnosis from when it happened was the initial prognosis so that would take him through to the middle of the next international break, which would suggest that he’s not going to be available for Leeds and would suggest he’s not going to be available for the back to back away games at Watford and Wolves.
“Which means that Newcastle are going to have to try and navigate the next few weeks probably without their top goalscorer from last season and someone who has already scored two goals for them this season and that is a real concern.”
TIF Thoughts on Wilson and the decision to not sign a backup…
If it is true that the club knew Wilson was carrying an injury before the window closed and then decided to not act upon that information, then there can be no sympathy for Bruce or the club, if or when the goals dry up during Wilson’s absence.
It was a huge signing for Newcastle last summer when they brought in Wilson from Bournemouth, his 12 goals were the most of anyone at Newcastle in the Premier League since the 2013/14 season when Loic Remy netted 14 times.
If Wilson is set to be out for a prolonged period of time, such as until after the international break, then he would miss games against Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford, all games that the Magpies would surely target getting wins from.