Callum Wilson makes big Newcastle United injury claim ahead of AC Milan Champions League clash

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Callum Wilson makes Newcastle United fitness vow ahead of the Champions League against AC Milan.

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson insists he is "100 per-cent" fit as he eyes a Champions League start against AC Milan tonight (kick-off 8pm).

The Magpies No.9's last start was the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund last month. He was forced to withdraw at half-time due to a hamstring injury and was out for five weeks before making his comeback as a 65th-minute substitute in the 4-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

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Alexander Isak, who has only recently returned from injury himself, has started five games in quick successive, and Wilson says he is ready to help relieve the pressure on the Swede.

Callum Wilson expects to be fit for the derby clash (Image: Getty Images)Callum Wilson expects to be fit for the derby clash (Image: Getty Images)
Callum Wilson expects to be fit for the derby clash (Image: Getty Images)

"I’ve worked hard to get fit and feel in a good place," said If called upon, I’m 100 per cent ready."

The visit to the Signal Iduna Park is Wilson's only Champions League start having been restricted to substitute appearances away to Milan and at home to Dortmund. Injury has forced him to miss the two games against Paris Saint-Germain altogether.

That has made Wilson even more hungry for the visit of Milan as he seeks his first goal in Europe.

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He said: "The kind of person that I am, I'm always hungry anyway and try to strive to be the best I can be, but when games of this ilk come around, they don't come around often, really, and to be able to try to help the team get to where they need to get to, you do everything you can to try to help them.

“Dortmund away was my first start. For me walking across the pitch and standing hearing the music playing was a special moment inside. You look up and you could have locked back at times in my career where I had double ACL injuries and might have thought this will never happen. You try and grasp the opportunity with both hands,"

The Magpies must beat Milan and hope Paris Saint-Germain drop points away to Borussia Dortmund in order to qualify for the last 16 of the competition. A draw Howe's side would be enough to secure a place in the Europa League but a defeat would see them exit Europe altogether.

“We will leave blood, sweat and tears out there," said Wilson. "It’s what we do every time we step over the white line and for us a football club it’s about having no regrets. `we have an opportunity in front of us and all we can do is focus on Milan.

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"Just leave everything on the football field, that's all we can do. All we can do is beat the team that's in front of us, so that's what we'll be trying to do and hopefully things go right elsewhere."

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