Eddie Howe provides an update on Alexander Isak's Newcastle return
Eddie Howe provides an update on Alexander Isak's Newcastle return
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Eddie Howe provides an update on Alexander Isak's Newcastle return

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has confirmed that Alexander Isak‘s injury has now healed ahead of a return next month.

The Swedish striker hasn’t played for the Magpies since September due to a thigh problem. It has completely derailed his start to life at St James’ Park.

Isak was Newcastle’s marquee signing during the summer. He arrived for a club record fee of £59million from Real Sociedad.

It was a real statement of intent from the owners, who backed Howe in a big way to get him the striker he needed. However, we are yet to see much of the 23-year-old in action.

Isak did get off to a blistering start in black and white. He scored on his debut at Anfield, while he also scored in the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.

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With two goals in three games, Isak looked to be hitting the ground running on Tyneside. But sadly it has been downhill since then.

Injury has forced him to miss Newcastle’s magical run. While Howe’s side have jumped into the top four, Isak has had to watch from the sidelines.

Howe’s Isak injury update

Ahead of the game against Chelsea, Howe spoke to the media. The 44-year-old provided an update on Isak’s recovery.

“I’m not sure whether he’ll train with us initially,” Howe said.

“He had a scan the other day on his injury and it looks good.

“It looks like it’s healed but now the process starts of building him up and making sure he’s robust enough to come through training. We hope by the time the games starts, he’s available for selection.”

Perfect timing for Newcastle

With Isak set to be available after the World Cup, it could prove to be perfect timing.

During Isak’s absence, Callum Wilson has excelled. He has been a man on a mission since recovering from his own injury, and his form has earned him a place in England’s World Cup squad.

It is fantastic news for Newcastle’s number nine, but it does pose a potential problem for Howe. Just how fit and fresh will Wilson be when he returns to St James’ Park after the tournament in Qatar?

It all may depend on how far England go in the competition, but it will be a real boost to Howe to know that he will have Isak to turn to.

The pair have had injury issues this season, but luckily they haven’t coincided. When one has been out, the other has been available.

Newcastle have two friendlies scheduled during the World Cup, so it will be interesting to see if Isak is ready to play any part. If not, he will be targeting the Carabao Cup tie against Bournemouth that will take place just days after the World Cup final.