AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes that Cherries striker Callum Wilson is now in contention for a Premier League return.
The Cherries top goalscorer during their Championship winning season has been plagued by knee injuries during the Cherries first three seasons in the Premier League.
Wilson injured his right knee in a match against Stoke City in September 2015, which ruled him out for a little over six months.
He played six games towards the end of that season and then featured in 21 games last season, scoring 6 goals before he was ruled out for the remainder of that campaign with another ACL injury, this time his left knee.
He underwent surgery in February and recently returned to full training with the first team.
In recent weeks he has stepped up his rehabilitation with a number of outings for the AFC Bournemouth development squad, scoring goals and picking up fitness.
That was rewarded on Tuesday night when he played the full 90 minutes against Middlesbrough in the EFL Cup.
Wilson marked his first appearance in nine months with a goal from the penalty spot and claimed an assist in a 3-1 victory.
Howe told Sky Sports…
‘The biggest compliment I can give Callum is that he’s played 90 minutes and it didn’t really look hard for him, physically. I think his overall performance gives me something to think about.
‘We’ve got competition in that area, for sure. I’ll have a few sleepless nights, if everyone’s fit, trying to pick a team and pick a bench but that’s what you want. I was very pleased with him, he’s done his chances no harm.’
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