Newcastle set for 'massive boost' after 'great news' on Wilson - Phillips
Kevin Phillips has insisted Callum Wilson’s prospective return to training will be a “massive boost” for Newcastle United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland striker admitted the 29-year-old’s impending comeback is “great news” for Steve Bruce.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday (1st October) ahead of the Wolves game, Bruce confirmed Wilson is set to step up his recovery on the training ground “in the next couple of days”.
The former Bournemouth striker has missed Newcastle’s last four games with a thigh injury picked up against Southampton.
He scored two goals in the Magpies’ opening three matches.
Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin have shared the centre-forward role in his absence.
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Bruce’s men struggled with and without Wilson in the side, with no wins in seven games across all competitions.
Phillips suggested Newcastle have “lacked” a genuine threat up front this season.
As such, he suggested the Magpies “can’t wait” to get him back on the pitch.
Phillips told Football Insider’s Dylan Childs: “That’s a massive boost.
“They’ve missed him hugely. When he plays, he guarantees you goals, guarantees you a threat.
“That’s what Newcastle have lacked. It’s great news for him to be back in training.
“I’m sure they can’t wait for him to get out there and get going again.”
Newcastle have managed to score in all but one of their league games this season, including the three Wilson has sat out.
The four-cap England international scored 12 goals in 26 Premier League appearances for Newcastle last season, his first campaign on Tyneside.
He could make his comeback in the home clash against Tottenham (17th October) after the international break.