Callum Wilson is set to undergo scans in the next few days that will reveal the extent of the injury he suffered against Southampton, with a report claiming there are internal fears he may struggle to return before the end of 2020.
The former England striker is Newcastle's top scorer this season, having netted six goals in eight appearances since his arrival from relegated Bournemouth. Heads were in hands all over Tyneside, then, when he went down clutching his hamstring towards the final ten minutes of Friday's 2-0 defeat.
The Northern Echo report that he will have his injury assessed early this week, presumably Tuesday or Wednesday. Scans will determine how long he faces on the sidelines, though the Echo note that it is feared he may be out 'well beyond' the forthcoming international break.
If those fears are realised, that would cast doubt over whether he will feature again in 2020. Not that there is a shortage of games for him to make his return; between their 21 November clash with Chelsea and the turn of the year, Newcastle are in action eight times.
Speaking after the game, manager Steve Bruce delivered a relatively optimistic verdict, hoping that the injury isn't as bad as reports have suggested.
“We’ll not know how bad it is until we get him scanned and see just how bad it is,” he said.
Wilson joins former Bournemouth team-mate Ryan Fraser on the sidelines, who is also suffering from a hamstring injury which has ruled him out of Scotland contention ahead of their playoff final with Serbia.
“Like with Ryan, it’s obviously a big blow, but we hope that it’s not too bad. We’ll see,” Bruce concluded.