By Frank McAvennie

14th Feb, 2021 | 8:00am

McAvennie: Newcastle have suffered a 'massive' blow pre-Chelsea

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson has been ruled out for up to two months – and it is a “massive blow”, according to Frank McAvennie.

The former Celtic and West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the “wonderful” 28-year-old will be a “big miss” as he brings much more than just goals to Steve Bruce’s side.

As reported by Sky Sports, the Magpies’ talismanic striker has been ruled out for six to eight weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Southampton.

The £20million summer signing from Bournemouth has been one of Newcastle’s standout performers this season, with his 21 league appearances yielding 10 goals and five assists.

Steve Bruce will have to turn to Joelinton, Andy Carroll or Dwight Gayle in the absence of Wilson ahead of Monday’s clash against Chelsea.

When asked for his instant reaction to the injury news coming out of St. James’ Park, McAvennie told Football Insider: “That is a big, big blow.

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“They have won a couple of games recently and he has been a major part of it.

“It’s a massive blow because he is a wonderful player. He will be a big miss for Steve Bruce over the next two months.

“Even when Wilson is not scoring, he does an awful lot for the team. His movement is great, he presses well and he is just a general pest. It is not just about scoring goals.”  

In other news, Newcastle United furious with Watford owners over their handling of potential Longstaff transfer.