Steve Bruce has confirmed Callum Wilson is touch and go to feature against Leeds with the Newcastle United striker potentially out through injury for a month, via Chronicle Live.

Wilson missed his first game of the season on Saturday as the Toon lost 4-1 at Manchester United. The striker picked up a thigh strain against Southampton and had nursed the issue over the international break.

Newcastle chose against risking Wilson at Old Trafford, but sorely missed the striker as they lacked a leading goalscoring presence. Joelinton started in place of the 29-year-old, while Bruce left Dwight Gayle an unused substitute despite lacking the Magpies’ top-scorer.

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Wilson is now in a race against time to feature against Leeds, as the Newcastle ace faces a month out. Bruce is refusing to put a definitive timeline on the £46k-a-week striker’s return though, and will wait for news before hosting the Whites and visiting Watford on the 25th.

“We aren’t putting a time scale on it,” Bruce said. “But he could be touch and go for next week and the week after.”

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Newcastle could elect to rest Wilson until after the October internationals, so he recovers from the injury unrestricted by games. Along with facing Leeds and Watford before the end of September, United visit Wolves on October 2 preceding the break.

Bruce will be loath to be without Wilson for all three fixtures, with the Magpies now in the bottom three. Only Norwich City have taken fewer points (0) than Newcastle (1) after four games, while Burnley visit Everton on Monday night looking to build on their sole point.

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Allan Saint-Maximin took up the mantle from Wilson after his injury, and was Newcastle’s biggest threat against Manchester United. But the Frenchman – naturally a winger– could not deliver a consistent end product, while Javier Manquillo scored for the Toon.

Joelinton, meanwhile, stung David de Gea’s gloves, but the Red Devils responded through Bruno Fernandes unleashing a rocket. The Brazilian nor Gayle – as he watched from the bench – able to make enough of an impact in Wilson’s absence.

Bruce will be desperate for positive news from Newcastle’s medical team when they assess Wilson ahead of facing Leeds. Pressure is building on the Magpies manager after another abject performance, and will be itching for a response.