Wilson trio ‘great boost for confidence’ after injury setback, says Howe

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by Dan Davis (@dan_davis20)

Callum Wilson’s goalscoring comeback from injury against Huddersfield last season provided a ‘great boost’ for the hitman, according to Cherries manager Eddie Howe.

The ex-Coventry striker had been sidelined for nine months after severe knee ligament damage but spectacularly returned to first-team action against the Terriers last November, crashing home a scintillating hat-trick in a crushing Cherries victory.

Wilson boasts a razor-sharp scoring record against tomorrow night’s visitors, having netted on five occasions, and boss Howe believes that last season’s hat-trick was the definitive point in the frontman’s comeback from injury.

“When you’re out injured for the length of time he was, you have your vision of when you come back – what you want to do, how you want to play and the goals that you set. I’m sure in Callum’s mind his first goal coming back was the thing that he focused on, and to get three in a match was a great boost for him and his confidence.

“When you get serious injuries, there’s a part of your brain that doubts how good you will be when you come back, but it was a great day for him and for us, and a positive result.”

Howe also stressed the importance of working hard on the training field, admitting that the majority of his tactical decisions are based on the squad’s work ethic during the week: “I think for me the biggest thing is always the training, so I look at the training and make a lot of my assessments based on what I see in that field.”

When questioned about Wilson’s work ethic away from the spotlight of top flight football, the manager revealed: “I had no doubts that, after seeing him train every day, he was going to be fine. The game sometimes is just reaffirming what you’ve already seen on the training pitch.

“Of course you base a lot of your decisions, like team selections, around what you see every day, and Callum trained really well when he came back from that injury.”