Eddie Howe is sweating over the fitness of Newcastle’s record £60m signing Alexander Isak after injury forces him to LEAVE the Sweden camp… while starman Bruno Guimaraes also takes a hit on duty with Brazil
- Newcastle striker Alexander Isak has left the Swedes’ camp due to injury
- He joined the Magpies earlier this summer for a club-record transfer fee of £60million
- He will miss Sweden’s next two Nations League games against Serbia and Slovenia
- Isak’s injury has not yet been announced but is not considered serious
- Bruno Guimaraes also picked up a hamstring injury in Brazil
Newcastle United’s injury woes have worsened yet again as record-breaking £60m deal Alexander Isak and star player Bruno Guimaraes have found fresh problems on international duty.
The Magpies have had a difficult start to the season from a fitness standpoint, losing several key players in the early weeks.
And Isak’s withdrawal from the Sweden squad, as well as Bruno’s hamstring ailment at Brazil, will be major concerns for Eddie Howe ahead of the trip to Fulham a week on Saturday, especially as Allan Saint-Maximin is set to miss after a setback in his recovery from a hamstring strain.
Newcastle striker Alexander Isak has withdrawn from the Sweden squad with an undisclosed injury
He became Newcastle’s record signing this summer, joining from Real Sociedad for £60m
Isak, who has scored twice in three games for Newcastle, celebrated his 23rd birthday on Wednesday but has been training outside his Sweden team-mates.
The striker was thought to have had a minor problem but boss Janne Andersson announced on Thursday he will return to Tyneside and miss Nations League games against Serbia and Slovenia.
He said: “It’s obviously sad for Alex in particular, but also for us as a team. After speaking to both our medical team and Alex, leaving is the right decision.’
The news will worry Eddie Howe, whose side are set to travel to Fulham on October 1
The striker has made a quick start for his new club, scoring two goals in three games so far
The exact nature of the injury is not yet known, but Isak said: “It’s very sad to have to leave the team. I had longed to play in the blue and yellow jersey again.”
Bruno, meanwhile, is likely to miss Friday’s friendly against Ghana but we understand the strain in his thigh is not serious and there is hope he will be fine for the game at Craven Cottage.
However, having just returned from a hamstring injury that was worse than first thought, Howe and Newcastle’s medical team will exercise caution.
There is better news about Callum Wilson, who is returning to action after a hamstring problem
The good news for them is that Callum Wilson is back in full training after missing the last five games with a hamstring problem.
But Howe will curse his luck. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) and goalkeeper Karl Darlow (ankle) will not be out until the end of next month at the earliest, while Emil Krafth (knee) will be out well into next year.
Midfielder Elliot Anderson was also sidelined from the Scotland U21 squad with a minor injury.