AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is set to make his return from injury tonight for the Cherries under-21s as they host Norwich in the Premier League Cup at the Vitality Stadium.
Wilson, who scored 20 Championship goals in 2014-15 to help Bournemouth reach the Premier League, has not featured since suffering his second serious knee injury in 15 months at Crystal Palace in January 2017.
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Meanwhile, 19th placed Bournemouth have had a tough start to the Premier League season, picking up just four points and four goals in their opening seven games despite signing experienced Premier League striker Jermain Defoe in the summer.
Wilson, 25, is a fan favourite on the south coast and some Cherries fans have called for him to return to the first team starting eleven after the international break when he is fully fit.
Speaking exclusively to Buzz, celebrity Bournemouth fan Scott Mitchell – a former BDO World Champion in 2015 – said: “I don’t get to many games because of the darts but I’ll be listening on the radio because of Cal.
“We’re struggling for goals. You’d like to think he’d be another option when he returns as his eye for goal has never been doubted.”
Wilson has been plagued by injury since joining the Cherries from Coventry City for a reported £3 million in July 2014 – facing seven months on the side-lines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) at Stoke in September 2015 — and then a further nine months between January and October 2017.
“There’s always a worry, it’ll be going through his head,” added Mitchell.
“There’s always a risk, we saw it back in the day with Michael Owen at Liverpool. He struggled after his hamstring injury. Some people don’t recover.
“I think he’s at the right age that he will recover. He can get a few weeks under his belt and he will be fearful to Premier League defences again.
“I don’t think we should send him out on loan. We need another option and he is worth too much to us.”
Tickets for tonight’s Bournemouth under-21s match, which is a 7pm kick-off, are on sale now — £3 for adults, £1 for under-16s and £2 for wheelchair users.