Callum Wilson illness update as four Newcastle United players ruled out of Leeds United clash
Newcastle United team news ahead of the New Year’s Eve clash with Leeds United at St James’ Park.
Eddie Howe stayed tight-lipped when asked if Callum Wilson will return for Newcastle United against Leeds United on New Year’s Eve.
The Magpies No.9 missed the Boxing Day win at Leicester City through illness, and Howe refused to confirm whether or not he’ll be in the squad for the visit of Jesse Marsch’s men.
“We’ll see how he gets through today,” Howe said. He added: “Callum’s improved. He trained with us yesterday. So yeah, he’s in a better place.”
Regardless of Wilson’s availability, Chris Wood is expected to lead the line against his former club after opening the scoring from the penalty spot at the King Power Stadium.
“I think Chris is adapting well to our style of play,” Howe said. “Last year, the team played certain way and this year we’ve played a slightly different way where we are evolving and tweaking it every week and I think Chris really come with that.
“I’d say the last few games have probably been his best performances for us since he’s been here. I’m really pleased with Chris, he’s a very dependable character and player.”
Newcastle will be without four first-team players against Leeds with Alexander Isak (thigh), Paul Dummett (back), Emil Krafth (ACL) and Jonjo Shelvey (calf) sidelined.
Howe added: “There’s a couple of other niggles in the squad from the game but hopefully we get the majority of players training today.”
On Shelvey, Howe said: “Jonjo is a passionate guy. He lives for football, he lives for that feeling of playing and showing his skills on a weekly basis - that’s a big driver in his life and he’s not able to do that physically at the moment. That’s a big thing, taking that away from him.
“Initially, there is huge disappointment from him and we’re currently supporting him. I saw him yesterday and had a good chat with him.
“He’s a lot more positive about the future and focusing on his rehab, although the time period is lengthy, it’s not a long-term injury, he can very quickly get into his rehab and start running quickly. There is a lot to be positive about.”