(Reuters) - Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson will be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in last week's home win over Southampton, manager Steve Bruce said on Thursday.
Wilson, who has 10 goals and five assists in 21 Premier League games this season, was taken off in the first half against Saints, who Newcastle defeated 3-2.
"Callum Wilson has got a tear to his hamstring so that could be 6-8 weeks (out)," Bruce said before Monday's trip to Chelsea.
"We hoped it was a grade one (hamstring tear) but unfortunately it's worse than that. We don't think he needs an operation but it takes time."
Wilson will likely miss games against Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion as well as Chelsea.
Bruce also said Swiss centre back Fabian Schar and Spanish right back Javier Manquillo will be out for eight weeks after knee surgery and an ankle ligament injury respectively.
Newcastle are 16th with 25 points after 23 games, 10 points above the relegation zone, while Chelsea are fifth on 39 points.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)