‘It’s moving slow’: Newcastle United star Callum Wilson issues worrying injury update

It doesn’t seem like Callum Wilson will be back on the pitch too soon

Newcastle United talisman Callum Wilson has warned fans that it will still be a while until he returns to the pitch.

With the club's move to sign Jesse Lingard on transfer Deadline Day falling through, fans have become extra keen to have Wilson back up top to bolster a thinly spread Magpies front line.

Speaking on BBC Sounds' The Footballer's Football Podcast, Wilson described his recovery process as 'slow'.

Explaining his rehab to West Ham striker Michail Antonio, he said: "It's going well thanks. It's moving slow.

"You can't rush the process.

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"I'm just making sure I'm ticking all the boxes, doing all the things I possibly can to get back in a safe way.

"At the minute, there's no definite time frame when I'm going to get back.

"I don't want to come back and not be able to affect the game and just be taking part.

Southampton's Mohammed Salisu challenging with Newcastle United's Callum Wilson (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

"I want to be coming back all cylinders firing and hit the ground running.

"We ain't got games to get up to speed.

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"I have to make sure when I am back I'm 100% ready to go and will be making a difference."

Wilson limped off after 45 minutes in the thrilling 1-1 draw with Manchester United on December 27 and hasn't played since.

Currently struggling with a calf injury, the striker also missed a chunk of games earlier on in the season with a hamstring niggle.

In total, Wilson has missed eight Premier League matches so far this campaign.

Chris Wood of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road on January 22, 2022 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Newcastle acted quickly early on in the transfer market so sign striker Chris Wood from fellow relegation battlers Burnley.

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Since making his debut against Watford last month, Wood has been largely underwhelming and failed to register a goal or assist in his opening to matches.

Speaking after Chris Wood was signed, Wilson said the Burnley man would bring out a new side in him when fit.

He said: "Wilson said: "I want to make sure I'm in the best place possible for the return, especially with new competition coming through the door.

"They need to see who is King on the grass.

"It's going to be good to have new bodies in the building and add competition for places. It's going to bring out the dog in me."