Is Chris Wood fit to face Watford? Here’s what Newcastle United’s newest signing said

Newcastle United’s latest January signing Chris Wood is fit to face Watford on Saturday, despite suffering with a groin issue last weekend.
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Chris Wood has confirmed he is available to make his Newcastle United debut against Watford on Saturday.

Wood, a £25million signing from Burnley, left the field with a groin injury in his last match, which ended in a 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat to Huddersfield Town.

Magpies fans had wondered if Wood was fit to play in this weekend’s Premier League relegation six-pointer versus Watford at St James’ Park.

However, Wood himself has revealed he is in contention.

Indeed, the 30-year-old is the club’s only fit senior striker with Callum Wilson out for eight weeks and Dwight Gayle absent from the humiliating Cambridge United cup exit.

Wood: ‘If selected, I’m ready’

Wood told reporters at his media unveiling: “There’s pressure no matter what. These are big games, not just this one (Watford at home) but the ones for the rest of the season.

“I’m enjoying being here. I know there is a lot of quality and great players in this group, especially when the boys up top join back in as well.

“We’ve got an abundance of talent in the wide areas and I need to be in the box ready for them but there’s more to it than that.

“I will be looking to link up, especially with Allan (Saint-Maximin), who likes to play off people and drive at players.

“If selected, I’m ready and looking forward to the weekend playing in front of the home crowd.

“I’m most looking forward to playing in front of these big fans. The history, the passion that they’ve shown, 52,000 every week no matter what.

“Speaking to the boys, they’ve said how they are behind the team from start to finish.

“To walk out there, hopefully on the weekend if selected, I can feel the crowd and their buzz.

“It’s going to be superb.”