Callum Wilson’s Instagram story may have gave fans a huge hint that he may be back in action in the near future.
Wilson showed himself completing weighted exercises on his hamstring with his personal physio Jonny King – who he has worked with at his time with Bournemouth and England.
He was substituted in the 3-2 win versus Southampton on the 6th February – with a suspected tear in his hamstring. Reports suggested he may need an operation but luckily it seems this wasn’t necessary and that he is on the road to recovery.
Nobody knows when he is confirmed to be back in line for a return after he was rumoured to be sidelined for around 8 weeks, but these clips can only be a positive – surely he wouldn’t be doing that kind of short burst exercises if he still had around a month to go?
Bruce said soon after the devastating news that he needed ‘rest’ to recover, but this footage of him back in the gym just a week later suggests he might be way ahead of schedule.
Newcastle have been desperate for Wilson’s presence up front – being replaced ineffectively by Gayle in the defeat against Chelsea, and by Joelinton in Sunday night’s defeat away to Man Utd. The Brazilian did a decent job but we all know he offers nowhere near the same goal threat.
Only managing 1 goals (Saint-Maximin’s half volley against Man Utd) in our 2 games without our £20m man shows we are crying out for Wilson to come back into the team as soon as possible. It still seems a long shot that he’ll be back anytime soon, however this footage suggests he might just be out for less than the ‘8 weeks’ initially suggested.
Our next 4 games are huge in respect of picking up points – however it remains unlikely that he’ll feature in any of those. The international break may come at a good time for Wilson’s recovery, buying us an extra 2 weeks to make sure he is fully fit.
Next 4 fixtures:
West Brom (A)
Aston Villa (H)
Wilson has a total of 10 goals and 5 assists this season and is without doubt our most important player in this fight for survival.
With hamstring injuries we don’t want to rush him back too quickly, but he has shown very impressive recovery as it looked a serious one at the time.