America trip helps Wilson's recovery process

Dan Rose Sports Reporter

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BOSS Eddie Howe revealed Callum Wilson was making "good progress” following a spell rehabilitating in America.

The 25-year-old striker was rocked when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a training session with Cherries at the start of February.

It came just 15 months after the frontman had sustained the same injury to his right knee, forcing him to miss the majority of Cherries’ debut season in the Premier League.

Wilson last month spent time Stateside working with world-renowned rehabilitation expert Bill Knowles, the director of reconditioning and athletic development at HP Sports.

As well as working with athletes and teams across a number of top levels with more than 25 years of experience, Knowles has also lectured across the globe on athletic development and injury prevention strategies.

As an organisation, HP Sports have worked with global stars such as Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning and Jonny Wilkinson, as well as Premier League footballers John Terry and Frank Lampard.

Knowles, who was thanked publicly by Wilson via social media, has also recently spent time with Brentford midfielder Alan Judge at his base in Philadelphia.

Giving an update on frontman Wilson’s recovery, manager Howe told the Daily Echo: “Callum is making good progress. We are really pleased with him.

“He has had time out in the States where he has worked really well with Bill Knowles. His movement mechanics look really good, so we are pleased.

“He will begin to start his work with our fitness coaches very soon, so we can move away from the physios into more of the fitness side, which will be a really nice step for Callum to take and shows he is on the road to coming back to full training.”