Callum Wilson is confident he will be fit to play for Newcastle United in their pivotal next match against Tottenham, Football Insider can reveal.
The striker has been sidelined since early February with a hamstring problem and his absence has coincided with a dreadful run that leaves the club in dire trouble.
A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that Wilson, 29, is recovering well and he is increasingly upbeat about being ready immediately after the international break.
It would be a huge boost to the Magpies’ survival hopes if their main striker is available for the final nine league matches.
The next match is against Tottenham at St James’ Park on Sunday of next week.
Wilson remains comfortably Newcastle’s leading scorer this season despite his absence for the last two months.
He had banged in 10 goals, as well as supplied five assists, from 21 Premier League matches before his injury.
During the six league games Wilson has missed, Newcastle have not won and scored just three goals.
Bruce, who is safe in his job despite last Saturday’s shocking 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion, has expressed his hope that long-term absentees Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin can return soon.
Newcastle are a club in crisis as they battle to avoid a third relegation under Ashley in the face.
The Toon are 17th in the league, one place and two points above Fulham in the final relegation spot.