Eddie Howe has delivered a double injury update as Newcastle United prepare for Sunday’s trip to Wolves.
What’s the latest Newcastle United news?
Over the last week, two injury concerns have emerged.
During Saturday’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester City, Callum Wilson was forced off with a tight hamstring. Given his importance to the cause and the lack of options outside him (Alexander Isak notwithstanding), the idea of losing the 30-year-old long-term is naturally a big concern.
Prolific at his best, Wilson’s patchy fitness record since moving to St James’ Park is hard to ignore and causes only more fears whenever there’s a slight problem with him.
Emil Krafth, meanwhile, was stretchered off during Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup win over Tranmere, having been on the receiving end of a heavy challenge.
What did Howe say about the injuries?
Speaking on Friday at his post-match press conference, Howe revealed the latest on both players.
Of Wilson, the head coach said: “We don’t believe his injury to be serious and we’re hopeful he’ll only be out for a couple of weeks. I back Callum 100%. I’ve known him a long time & I’ve never met someone with a better attitude. I back him – he’s an important part of our future.”
On Krath, Howe revealed: “We’ve got a worry over Emil Krafth. We don’t know what the details are currently. He’s going for a scan today but it doesn’t look too good which is a real shame for Emil and for us.”
How big are these blows?
Clearly, missing Wilson for any length of time is a blow until Isak is fully bedded in. Without the England international in the side, it’s a wonder as to where the goals are coming from on a regular basis.
Kieran Trippier might be ahead of Krafth in the pecking order but the idea of not having him available after turning his Newcastle career around in recent months is far from ideal.