It. Is. Happening.
BBC’s Footballers Football Podcast had the pleasure to host Callum Wilson on Thursday. The forward confirmed that he is ready to get back to the field as soon as this weekend after deeming himself “fully charged”.
Not even two minutes into the little pod, Wilson made it all clear and brought smiles to Magpies faces all across Tyneside:
“I’m fully charged now. I’m back now at training!”
“It’s been a good week. It’s been a long time coming but we’re there. We’re there!”
After four-and-a-half months out of football grounds, it’s time for a comeback. Wilson, who got injured against United on Dec. 27 of 2021, seems to be ready to hit the ground running now and in time for the last few games of the campaign. It’d be a little bit of a risk to go ahead and start him as soon as Sunday coming off such a long period out of the rhythm of top-tier football, but there is a chance for a spot opportunity in the final minutes of the game at Etihad if Eddie Howe thinks Wilson is fit enough to get those moments.
Callum Wilson couldn’t quite hide his excitement about getting back to play and he did so while discussing his recent IG post teasing a soon-to-come reappearance:
“[The post] was more for myself for personal use, but it was quite good and I thought I’d share it with my Instagram followers. I’m back now, training, so it’s been a good week.”
“[The post was a little subtle indication that I’m back, without saying I’m back.”
While Newcastle have not gone across England crying and whining and bitching about not having a bona fide goal scorer—not even with Chris Wood massively flopping at it—the reality is that United has kept up some reasonable levels of production, scoring 21 goals in their 16 games played in 2022 alone—the span without Wilson.
That said, the 21 goals are the fewest among sides with 16 games played this calendar year currently sitting at the 15th place or higher in the season-long Premier League table. Adding wood (no pun intended) to the fire, Wilson is still Newcastle’s top goalscorer (six) even though he’s missed four consecutive months of play.
We’ll see if Wilson actually makes it to the Etihad’s grass this weekend or if he has to wait a little bit more for the final home game of the season against Arsenal, but it’s certainly reassuring to know Callum is finally fit and ready to play. Sprinkle some Kieran Trippier on top of that, and we’ll surely call it a nice ending to the season.