Newcastle suffer Callum Wilson blow with the forward ‘expected to be out until the end of December with a hamstring problem’… adding to Eddie Howe’s lengthy list of absentees

Callum Wilson is expected to be sidelined until the end of December due to Newcastle’s injury crisis ahead of a busy run of fixtures.

Wilson was substituted at half-time after Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in last week’s Champions League.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe revealed that Wilson was suffering from a ‘tight hamstring’.

The injury prevented Wilson from participating in Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday, with the striker also having to withdraw from the England squad.

Howe had claimed Wilson could miss a ‘number of weeks’, with the striker having since had a scan to assess the problem.

Callum Wilson is expected to be out until the end of December due to a hamstring injury

The loss of Wilson will be a major blow for Eddie Howe as he leads an injury-ravaged side

The loss of Wilson will be a major blow for Eddie Howe as he leads an injury-ravaged side

Wilson was taken off at half-time of the match between Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund last week

Wilson was taken off at half-time of the match between Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund last week

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According to the TelegraphWilson is expected to miss four to six weeks with a hamstring injury and will likely return in late December.

“Unfortunately, a recent setback has forced me to withdraw from the squad I had worked so hard to be part of,” Wilson said as he withdrew from the England squad.

‘Strong walls shake but never collapse, so I’ll definitely be back soon. Good luck to the boys in the coming games.’

The loss of Wilson, who has scored seven goals this season, will be a major blow for Newcastle ahead of their crucial Champions League group matches against PSG and AC Milan.

Howe’s injury-hit side also face Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham in the Premier League in the coming month.

The Magpies expected to compete against all three teams for European qualification this season.

Newcastle were forced to play Anthony Gordon in a makeshift striker role against Bournemouth, with Alexander Isak also absent due to a groin injury.

Alexander Isak is expected to return after the international break after a groin injury

Alexander Isak is expected to return after the international break after a groin injury

Newcastle are reportedly concerned that Sven Botman, left, may need knee surgery

Newcastle are reportedly concerned that Sven Botman, left, may need knee surgery

The Swedish striker is expected to return after the international break.

According to reports, Newcastle fear defender Sven Botman will need knee surgery as the Dutchman has missed the last 10 games.

Javi Manquillo, Harvey Barnes, Elliot Anderson, Dan Burn, Matt Targett and Jacob Murphy all missed the defeat to Bournemouth due to injury, while Sandro Tonali is serving a 10-month ban.

Newcastle are currently seventh in the Premier League, six points behind the top four.

Howe’s side will take on Chelsea at home after the international break before a crucial Champions League match against PSG, with the Magpies sitting bottom of the group but two points behind the French champions in second place.

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