Callum Wilson absence explained as Newcastle United striker 'not feeling 100 per cent'

Newcastle United number 9 Callum Wilson was not risked in the Magpies' final home game of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Chronicle Live understands that Wilson has not suffered any major injury scare but was not feeling 100% and suffering with a little bit of tightness. Therefore his withdrawal from the squad against the Seagulls has been deemed as a precaution by Eddie Howe.

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Wilson was replaced by Elliot Anderson in the line-up in the only change to Eddie Howe's team since the 4-1 win at Burnley. England full-back Kieran Trippier made his return from a calf injury but only as a substitute in his first inclusion since February.

On Wilson, Howe said: "He's just not feeling 100% today. It's a little bit of tightness but not an injury as such."

Newcastle lined up in similar fashion to that big win at Turf Moor last weekend and Howe will feel he still has plenty of fire power at his disposal to get the job done. Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon will spearhead the head coach's attack.

The Magpies can cement their place in sixth spot with three points against Brighton with two games to go.

UNITED: Dubravka, Livramento, Krafth, Burn, Hall, Longstaff, Bruno Guimaraes, Jacob Murphy, Anderson, Gordon, Isak

Subs: Pope, Dummett, White, Joelinton, Almiron, Trippier, Barnes, Ritchie, A Murphy