Speaking to the press this morning, Steve Bruce has offered a ‘devastating’ update on Callum Wilson’s hamstring injury.
The NUFC boss has confirmed that our top scorer suffered a hamstring tear last weekend, meaning he’ll be missing for around ‘six to eight weeks’.
Elsewhere, Fabian Schar has had an operation on his knee ligaments and will be missing for two months, while an ankle ligament injury to Javier Manquillo’s is set to keep him sidelined for the same time.
Bad news for both, but at least a sign they’ll play again this season – not that this is any consolation when it comes to Wilson, who will be a MASSIVE miss.
The good news is that Ciaran Clark has been declared fit after missing the 3-2 win over Southampton, with our recent crisis at centre-back also boosted by the news that both Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez ‘have a chance’ of returning at Chelsea on Monday.
Here’s Bruce’s reaction to the Wilson injury, followed by quotes on all of the above:
“Fabian Schär has had an operation on his knee ligaments so it’s eight weeks out for him.
“Javier Manquillo did his ankle ligaments so he could be a similar time out and Callum Wilson has got a tear to his hamstring so that could be 6-8 weeks as well.”
“Wilson’s hamstring is, unfortunately, worse than we feared, and he’s going to be out for weeks…. whether it’s six to eight, it’s an awful hamstring.
“It’s devastating news for us.”
“Ciaran Clark will be available.
“Fingers crossed with Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernández.
“They’ve both got a chance.”
So, the awful news is we’ll be without Wilson for a big chunk of the season, the bad news is Schar and Manquillo will me missing for two months (albeit not as bad as some initially feared) and the good news being that three centre-backs could return at the perfect time on Monday.
If only the January window was open…