Football: Newcastle's Wilson out for two months due to calf injury

Newcastle's Callum Wilson sits injured during the Premier League match against Manchester United. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND (REUTERS, AFP) - Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson will be out of action for eight weeks after sustaining a calf injury last week, the Premier League club said on Saturday (Jan 8).

Wilson picked up the injury in the 1-1 league draw with Manchester United at home on Dec 27.

"Eddie Howe has confirmed that Callum Wilson will be sidelined for eight weeks following the calf injury he sustained in the game against Manchester United in December," Newcastle, who are second-bottom in the league, said on Twitter.

Earlier on Saturday, the club were knocked out of the FA Cup following a 1-0 defeat at home by third-tier Cambridge United in the third round.

Their miserable season on the field sunk to a new low, while non-league sides Kidderminster and Boreham Wood also booked their places in the fourth round.

England international Kieran Trippier made his debut as Newcastle’s first signing since a controversial takeover by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund.

But the Magpies have still won only one match all season and were embarrassed by a side two divisions below them in front of a furious full house at St James’ Park.

Joe Ironside scored the only goal 11 minutes into the second half as he swivelled to fire home from close range after a goalmouth scramble.

“It panned out how I dreamed about it last night,” said Ironside, who grew up idolising Newcastle’s record goalscorer Alan Shearer.

“Shearer was my hero,” he added. “Now I have scored the winner at St James’ Park.”
Newcastle had two goals ruled out and Joelinton was thwarted by a great save by Dimitar Mitov deep into stoppage time.

But they were shown no mercy by the disgruntled home fans at full time as they now have to lift themselves to try and remain in the Premier League.

“I don’t think there was anything wrong with our attitude, we just couldn’t deliver the quality to score,” said Newcastle manager Eddie Howe.

Non-league delight

Sixth-tier Kidderminster overcame the 79 places separating them from Reading in the English football pyramid to beat the Championship side 2-1.

George Puscas put the Royals ahead at the Aggborough Stadium but Sam Austin levelled before Amari Morgan-Smith struck the winner eight minutes from time.

The full-time whistle sparked a pitch invasion from fans of both sides with some angry Reading fans confronting their own manager Veljko Paunovic.

Boreham Wood also upset a side two divisions above them with a 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon.

Goals from Tyrone Marsh and Adrian Clifton either side of half-time took the National League side (fifth tier) into the fourth round for the first time.

Burnley were the first top-flight side to bow out after a 2-1 home defeat by second-tier Huddersfield.

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