By Frank McAvennie

13th Sep, 2021 | 4:00pm

Newcastle set for 'devastating loss' after Wilson update - McAvennie

Callum Wilson’s prolonged absence is a “devastating loss” for Newcastle United.

That’s according to former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest on Wilson.

Today (12 September) The Athletic reported Wilson is set to miss the next six weeks through injury.

The forward was taken off during Newcastle’s 2-2 draw with Southampton before the international break.

He missed last weekend’s loss to Manchester United and isn’t expect to play until after the next round of internationals.

Wilson finished last season as Newcastle’s top scorer and already has two strikes to his name this term.

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McAvennie insists the Magpies’ decision to not sign a striker in the summer window has left Steve Bruce high and dry.

“It’s not just the goals with Wilson,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He holds the ball up so well, he’s a real live wire.

“It’s a massive blow to lose him for that long. Obviously the transfer window has shut and Newcastle didn’t sign a striker.

“Wilson is so good on the ball, to get another player like him was always going to be hard.

“He’s so good under pressure, it’s a devastating loss for Newcastle.

“They are really going to struggle without him.”

Newcastle sit in the relegation zone and have conceded more goals than anyone else in the Premier League this season.

They next face Leeds United on Friday night.

In other news, Pundit makes Bruce ‘walk away’ prediction as he breaks silence on ‘strange’ Newcastle development.