By Ben Dinnery

13th Jan, 2022 | 1:39pm

Medical expert fears Wilson out 'even longer' than Newcastle letting on amid'season-ending' claim

Callum Wilson’s injury is a nightmare for Newcastle United – but he could be out for even longer than the club are letting on.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Wilson has not featured for the imperilled Magpies since suffering a calf injury in the first half of the 1-1 draw against Man United on 27 December.

As quoted by The Athletic last Sunday (9 January), manager Eddie Howe revealed: “We think he is going to be out for around eight weeks.”

But Dinnery fears that the 29-year-old frontman’s injury history could mean that he will be missing for even longer than the party line suggests.

“I was worried when I first saw it,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

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“It was non-contact and the way the heel dropped made it look as though there was Achilles involvement. The club later confirmed that.

“My initial worry was that there might have been a rupture. But he was able to see out the remaining minutes of the half, which gave us a little bit of hope.

“Howe had said it is serious and a definitive diagnosis wasn’t confirmed until seven to 10 days after that.

“That was a worry and begged the question whether this might have been season-ending. So eight weeks is a silver lining.

“It’s a fairly serious injury. He is no stranger to the treatment room.

“He has had these hamstring issues that have extended beyond return to play timelines.

“So could this one potentially go even longer? Yes, but I hope that doesn’t happen.”

Wilson is Newcastle’s top scorer this term with six strikes in 15 outings.

The Magpies have today (13 January) confirmed the signing of centre-forward Chris Wood from fellow relegation strugglers Burnley.

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