Eddie Howe left sweaty due to fitness of Newcastle who scored £60m as Alexander Isaacs after being forced out of Sweden camp due to injury… with striker ‘very sad’ in latest setback
- Newcastle striker Alexander Isak has left the Sweden camp due to an injury
- He joined Magpies earlier this summer for a club record transfer fee of £60m
- Sweden will miss the next two Nations League matches against Serbia and Slovenia
- Isaac’s injury has not yet been revealed but it is not believed to be serious
- Meanwhile, Callum Wilson will return to Newcastle next week after being laid off
Alexander Isak, who signed Newcastle’s £60m record, had to leave the Sweden national team camp due to injury.
The striker celebrated his 23rd birthday on Wednesday but trained alone with his international teammates.
While he initially did not think Isak’s problem was serious, Sweden coach Jan Andersson revealed on Thursday that he will miss their Nations League matches against Serbia and Slovenia.
Newcastle striker Alexander Isak has withdrawn from Sweden’s squad due to an unknown injury
It became Newcastle’s record transfer this summer, joining from Real Sociedad for £60m
He said: ‘It’s sad of course for Alex but also for us as a team. After speaking with both our medical team and Alex, it was the right decision for him to leave.
The exact nature of the injury is not yet known, but Isaacs said: “I feel very sad to leave the team. I was looking forward to playing in the blue and yellow shirt again. I wish the boys all the best on Saturday and Tuesday.”
Newcastle will now wait for Isaacs to return to Tyneside before trying to determine the extent of the injury. The good news for Eddie Howe is that Callum Wilson will be back after a hamstring absence at Fulham on Saturday.
The news will be a source of concern for Eddie Howe, whose team will travel far to Fulham on October 1
The striker got off to a fast start for his new club – scoring two goals from three games so far
However, there will be concern that Isaacs will miss matches soon after his arrival from Real Sociedad. He’s scored two goals from three games so far, although Howe believes there is a lot more to come once his teammates learn how to play to his strengths.
Speaking after Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday, Howe said: “He is learning, not only how the team plays, but also how his teammates play around him.
“Again, there were flashes of him, but I don’t think, as a team, we did a good enough job to get him into the goal-scoring positions. We didn’t feed him the ball early enough. He was a little isolated.
But let’s look at the positives – he brilliantly executed the penalty and worked hard for the team. He certainly contributed, but we know we can involve him so much more.
There’s even better news for Callum Wilson, who will be back in action after a hamstring problem