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Newcastle United Forward Could Return After International Break: Big Boost For The Magpies?

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In a recent interview (via ChronicleLive), Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce hinted that Callum Wilson could return from injury after the international break. The Magpies manager is hopeful that he can have his star striker back for the Tottenham Hotspur game on April 3. Bruce said,

“Callum is four weeks in (to rehab), he’s been on the grass and is progressing,”

“The same for Allan and Almiron. We hope the international break will help us get them there or thereabouts.”

Wilson’s Growing Influence At St. James’ Park This Season

Wilson’s recent injury absence because of a hamstring problem has been a bitter pill to swallow for the Tyneside giants as they are struggling to steer clear of the relegation zone in the Premier League. The English striker has produced a series of match-winning displays at St. James’ Park this season.

The Coventry-born sensation has found the back of the net on ten occasions and provided five assists in 23 matches for the Magpies this term across multiple competitions. Wilson has given a good account of himself in the attacking third after averaging 2.0 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. However, he has been a bit sloppy when linking up play with his teammates in and around the opponent’s penalty area as he has made just 69.5% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

Newcastle's Wilson could return after the international break (Wilson is seen in the photo)
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What Are The English Marksman’s Best Attributes?

Wilson is a quick and agile centre-forward who can make some driving runs in behind the opposition backline and can be a clinical finisher in the final third when he is playing with confidence on the field. The English attacker has proven himself to be a valuable source for goals at Newcastle this season and can also contribute by picking up his fair share of assists up top. Wilson has what it takes to fire the Magpies out of relegation trouble if he can hit the ground running upon returning from injury next month.

Wilson Could Return After The International Break: Big Boost For Steve Bruce?

With Bruce optimistic about his top goal-scorer’s return soon, there is no doubt that the news will be a massive boost for Newcastle as they have struggled to fire on all cylinders in front of the opponent’s goal.

The 29-year-old has still got a lot to offer and will be a regular starter for Bruce in the final few weeks of this Premier League campaign. With all things considered, the Toon Army now has some reason to be optimistic about their team’s chances of finishing the season strong in the hopes of a brighter future in the coming years.

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