Cherries frontman Wilson may be available for Wolves clash, confirms hopeful Howe

Howe presser

by Dan Davis (@dan_davis20)

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is hopeful striker Callum Wilson will be available for Cherries’ trip to Wolves this weekend.

The England international, who netted on his debut against the USA last month, has recovered well from a hamstring strain and could line up from the off for the south coast side at Molineux.

“Callum has recovered well from his slight hamstring strain, so hopefully he’ll be OK.” Howe confirmed in his pre-match press conference.

Wilson, who has scored nine goals in 17 appearances this season, has been in scintillating form after avoiding similar serious injury setbacks to those have plagued his last two campaigns at Vitality Stadium. And Cherries’ manager heaped praise on the striker’s impact, but urged the importance of caution with hamstring injuries.

Howe said: “You need your best players fit and available and Callum has had an excellent season to this point.

“Physically I think he’s been very good this season, this the first problem that he’s had and he didn’t feel it in the game, it was one of those injures you feel after the match.

“But we have to be careful with hamstring problems, we know historically with other players we don’t want to push them too early so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Wilson was ruled out of Cherries’ last league game, a heavy 4-0 dismantling at the hands of Liverpool, and the Bournemouth boss said he was keen for his side to bounce back ahead of a busy Christmas period: “We want to get out there and put the Liverpool game to bed.

“Wolves have done well and have carried their form and playing style forward from the Championship.

“The Christmas period is a really important time for us. We know we can build some real momentum, and these periods can often define seasons.”

The Cherries boss also revealed midfielder Dan Gosling has undergone surgery on a knee problem.

Howe added: “Dan Gosling’s had an operation on a knee problem, we don’t think it’s a serious problem and shouldn’t keep him out for too long, but he’s had that operation so will probably be out until the New Year.”

Kick off at Molineux tomorrow is 3pm.