Insider issues 'big' Callum Wilson claim as Newcastle United 'enquiries' revealed
Callum Wilson’s performances for Newcastle United prove he is physically ready to go to the World Cup with England.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
The Telegraph reported last week (1 November) that the FA have been liaising with the club’s medical team in regard to Wilson’s fitness.
The 30-year-old has struggled with injuries in recent years and he missed six weeks of action earlier this season with a hamstring problem.
“The fact there have been tentative enquires from the FA to Newcastle in regards to his management and training regimes is certainly a positive,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whiley.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know he’s still in the frame but we still have games to go.
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“Of course, there are always going to be questions asked in regard to his recent injury record. All Wilson can do is put in the performances and score the goals to give Gareth Southgate a decision.
“We don’t have a crystal ball here. Injuries do occur, that’s playing contact sport, you just hope you can mitigate that risk and manage it as well as possible.
“Is Wilson going to be that player who is starting every game at the World Cup? You wouldn’t have thought so, you’d think it be Harry Kane. You’re looking at him as an impact player or in those lesser games where you can manage Kane’s load.
“Is Wilson capable of doing that? Absolutely. In terms of managing the player’s condition, you’re not going hell for leather. Intensity levels will be dialled down in this period, it’s not about thrashing them.
“One of the biggest risk factors associated with muscle issues like we’ve seen with Wilson is those fatigue levels.
“Players will be managed accordingly which is why the FA will have contacted Newcastle to see how he’s being managed with individualised programmes.
“It’s all good signs.”