February 24, 2024

DORTMUND - Callum Wilson of Newcastle United FC during the UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United FC at Signal Iduna Park on November 7, 2023 in Dortmund, Germany. ANP | Hollandse Hoogte | GERRIT VAN COLOGNE (Photo by ANP via Getty Images)

Why Callum Wilson was substituted at half time as Newcastle lose against Borussia Dortmund

DORTMUND – Callum Wilson of Newcastle United FC during the UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United FC at Signal Iduna Park on November 7, 2023 in Dortmund, Germany. ANP | Hollandse Hoogte | GERRIT VAN COLOGNE (Photo by ANP via Getty Images)

Newcastle United may have suffered another injury as Eddie Howe’s side lost 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

 

The Magpies travelled to Germany with a depleted squad, and were unable to pick up any points to leave their Champions League hopes in tatters.

 

Newcastle have now suffered back to back defeats in the Champions League, with Dortmund doing the double. They were comfortable winners at Signal Iduna Park, with goals coming from Niclas Fullkrug and Julian Brandt.

 

It may prove to be a crushing loss for Newcastle, who will also return home with an injury concern.

 

Callum Wilson started up front for Newcastle against Dortmund

Callum Wilson started up front against Borussia Dortmund, but was withdrawn at half time.

 

He was part of a double change, with Lewis Hall also coming off in place of Miguel Almiron and Anthony Gordon.

 

It was a positive change to bring two attackers on, but it was a huge surprise to see Wilson fail to emerge for the second half.

 

Now Eddie Howe has spoke about his decision to take the 31-year-old off, and it appears to have been enforced rather than tactical.

 

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Why Eddie Howe took Callum Wilson off at half time

Following the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, Howe spoke to the media. He explained why he had to take Wilson off and play Anthony Gordon up front in the second half.

 

According to the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope, Howe stated that Wilson came off because he was feeling a tightness in his hamstring. He added that it is too early to tell if he will be available to face Bournemouth on Saturday evening.

 

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Hopefully it is nothing too serious and Wilson can be involved against his former club at the weekend. If not, it will likely mean that Gordon has to start up front, like he did against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.

 

The other possibility is that Alexander Isak returns, having been spotted in training ahead of the Dortmund game. However, it has previously been suggested that he will not return until after the international break.

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