Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak might have an injury problem whilst he is away on international duty with Sweden.
The 23-year-old is preparing for two Nations League fixtures, with Sweden set to face Serbia and Slovenia. However, it is currently unclear if Isak will be involved.
The Magpies’ record signing trained on Wednesday – but he was on his own. Isak didn’t take part in the full training session with his international teammates. Instead, he trained alone due to what is being described by the Swedish FA as a ‘little feeling’.
We will soon find out how ‘little’ the feeling is. Sweden are in action on Saturday night. If he does play then it’s probably nothing to worry about, although there will be concern on Tyneside that any ‘little’ problem could be aggravated.
The exact nature of the injury is not specified, but it is certainly a concern for Newcastle given the injuries we have sustained already this season.
But while Isak suffers with a problem of his own, another one of Eddie Howe’s top players is on his way back. And the timing could be perfect.
Newcastle are getting Wilson back at the right time if Isak is injury
The main reason Newcastle signed Isak is because of injury. Callum Wilson picked up a hamstring problem in the 3-3 draw with Manchester City, and the Toon owners reacted by breaking the club’s transfer record to sign the Swede.
He arrived from Real Sociedad for £59million, and has so far scored two goals in three appearances. In that respect he’s had a great start, but the performances haven’t been quite as good. Isak has been isolated up top, with Howe needing to find a way of involving his mega money signing more.
All the while, Wilson, who was signed in 2020 for £20million, has been recovering. He also has two goals to his name this season, and will need to score a lot more if he has any hope of going to the World Cup with England this winter.
The 30-year-old might have an immediate route back into Howe’s starting XI if Isak has a problem of his own.
Hopefully Isak’s ‘little feeling’ is nothing and he’s fit to represent his country before returning to face Fulham when Newcastle get back to Premier League action. And it would be even better if he starts alongside Wilson at Craven Cottage.
But if the worst does happen and Isak isn’t fit then at least Wilson is due to return.