Callum Wilson has confirmed he will see a specialist tomorrow to determine the full extent of the injury suffered in last month’s 1-1 draw with Man Utd.
This comes after reports last night suggested the striker’s injury – to his calf and calcaneus area (attached to Achilles) – may be worse than first feared, with The Mail’s Craig Hope admitting today that there is now ‘a danger his season could be over’; despite an initial prognosis of 4-6 weeks.
However, Wilson is remaining upbeat. He accepts it could be an injury that takes ‘months’ to heal, not weeks, but hopes it is somewhere between and ‘little niggle’ and long-term injury.
Speaking alongside West Ham’s Michail Antonio on the BBC’s Footballer’s Football podcast, here’s what the striker had to say:
“Even it was something that was going to probably keep me out a little longer than a few weeks, maybe months, it’s something that I was always going to go back on,”
“That’s just the kind of player I am, the kind of person I am – never giving up.
“You do have an inkling whether it’s a bad one or it’s a little niggle and I think this one is probably middle of the road.
“I find out next week how long that’s going to be and, then, rebuild and go again.
“You can’t get too down in the dumps and you can’t get too high with the highs and this is just another little bump in the road that you’ve got to get over, pick yourself up and go again, really.”
Wilson then vowed to come back ‘hungrier and fitter than ever’, insisting he is in his prime and anything but ‘on the decline’ after this latest injury setback:
“Age is nothing but a number.
“For me, it’s all about how you feel in the mind. Thirty is not ideal – I ain’t going to lie, especially when you’re currently sitting out with an injury.
“People write you off, but I actually enjoy that. I enjoy the fact that people are going to be like, ‘It’s 30. You’re on the decline now’. If anything, I’m in my prime. I’m coming into my prime as well.
“The games I’ve missed and I will miss for this season now, I’m coming back hungrier and fitter than ever so I think turning 30 within that is going to be one hungry Callum Wilson coming back to the Premier League and that’s all I can say.”