Journalist Jordan Cronin has revealed that Newcastle United now have special plans behind the scenes to keep Callum Wilson out of the treatment room.
When he’s been fit, Wilson has had a stunning season thus far for Newcastle, managing to score three goals in just four starts – including one on Saturday on his return to first-team action. However, he’s already missed four games due to injury this campaign.
His injury record has been the constant worry hanging over Wilson, as he’s missed 42 games since he arrived on Tyneside back in 2020, but his goalscoring record arguably outshines that, with 23 strikes in 43 league starts. Therefore, it’s obvious why Eddie Howe is so keen to keep him on the pitch as much as possible.
Speaking on the Loaded Mag NUFC YouTube channel, Cronin has revealed Newcastle are taking special measures in their attempts to keep Wilson fit.
He said: “Callum Wilson’s ability and credentials at Newcastle shouldn’t be questioned. One thing that obviously is questioned is his injury record. Thankfully, this time, if you compare to previous seasons, the injuries this time haven’t been as bad and if that’s the only injury he picks up this season, then he’s done very well.
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“I know behind the scenes that Newcastle have looked at his training schedule and tried to ensure that he does as little as possible, if you like, in terms of avoiding injury. So there are special plans in place to try and keep him fit, and that’s what they have to do because he’s an explosive player.
“He’s quick, he uses a lot of leg muscles, and unfortunately, it’s usually the muscles in his leg that tend to pick up knocks as well.”
TIF Thoughts on Callum Wilson…
Newcastle’s number nine really does struggle to stay fit for an entire season. He’s failed to do it at all since joining the club and Howe will be desperately looking for an answer to his injury woes.
Especially now that he has received a bumper new contract according to The Athletic – which sees him now rank amongst the club’s top earners – that will mean Newcastle and PIF will want to see him on the pitch a lot more often.
During the summer, Wilson moved his family up to Tyneside to increase the time he could spend recovering after games and ensure he stayed fit in a World Cup year, but having played just four times all season to this point, that doesn’t appear to have worked out just yet.