Key Newcastle player back in training - as Amanda Staveley 'resignation' explained
Source: Thenorthernecho

CALLUM WILSON is back in full training and has a chance of being involved when Newcastle United return to action at Crystal Palace next Wednesday.

However, Joe Willock will miss the trip to the Selhurst Park and now looks likely to be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Wilson's last involvement on a matchday came back in mid-February when he started the 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest that ended with him suffering a pectoral injury in the closing stages of the game.

Since then, he has undergone an operation to repair the damage and spent the last two months gradually rebuilding his fitness.

That process is now almost at an end, with Wilson having joined in first-team training with the rest of Eddie Howe's squad this week.

With Newcastle not having a game this weekend because their scheduled opponents, Manchester United, are playing in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, that should mean the 31-year-old is able to put himself into the frame for a place in the squad to face Palace next week.

While Alexander Isak has been in sensational form in the last few weeks, Wilson's return will bolster Howe's attacking options for the final six games of the season.

It will also enable the striker to prove his fitness to England boss Gareth Southgate, and potentially made a late push for a place in the squad for this summer's European Championships in Germany. Wilson has started just 11 games in all competitions this season, but has still weighed in with eight goals.

The news is not so good when it comes to Willock, with the midfielder now expected to miss Newcastle's remaining six games.

Willock has been plagued by Achilles issues all season, having started the campaign on the sidelines because of the problem. He returned to action in October, only to suffer a recurrence the following month, and while he was back in the side again in February, he has never really been pain-free.

As a result, Newcastle's medical staff has decided to draw stumps for the remainder of the season in the hope that a prolonged period of rest will ensure Willock is in a much better place and able to hit the ground running at the start of pre-season training later this summer.

Willock visited a specialist earlier this month, and while he could play a part in the final six matches with only a minimal risk of sustaining further damage, it is thought he would benefit from a period of rest and strength and conditioning work.

The impact of his absence has been lessened somewhat in recent weeks thanks to the return of Elliot Anderson, who has impressed since recovering from a back injury. Newcastle's medical staff also hope that Joelinton will be able to return to the first-team fold before the end of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Amanda Staveley's resignation as director from 20 companies associated with Newcastle United does not affect her involvement with the club.

Staveley, who recently had her shareholding in Newcastle diluted from ten per cent to six per cent because of cash injections from the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund and fellow co-owners, the Reuben family, has been removed as a director from the listings of a host of companies on the Companies House website.

However, sources claim the changes are 'financial housekeeping', with the majority of companies listed currently dormant.

Staveley's position as a director of Newcastle United Football Company Limited remains unchanged, and while Darren Eales has also now been appointed as a director, he will continue in his current role as CEO.

Newcastle's most recent set of accounts revealed that Staveley was handed loans of PS659,000 and PS600,000 for unspecified legal fees. Her company, Cantervale, has been paid PS1.24m in advisory fees.