Newcastle United have been dealt a massive injury blow as Eddie Howe has confirmed that record signing Alexander Isak will be out until after the World Cup through injury, leaving just Callum Wilson and Chris Wood to lead the line for the Magpies until 2023.
The Swede suffered a thigh injury while on international duty, derailing what had been a fast start to his career at St James Park. Signed from Real Sociedad in a deal worth over £60m, he netted on his debut against Liverpool and also grabbed a goal in the clash with Bournemouth before picking up his injury with Sweden.
Now, however, he is set to be sidelined for some time, though fortunately Sweden have not qualified for the World Cup so he will not miss that. But, Eddie Howe confirmed that he is not due to return to action until at least boxing day, and more likely in the New year.
“Alex, we don’t think we will see again before the World Cup. He has had a setback on his thigh,” Howe said.
“It’s very frustrating for him. As a new player coming to a new league and new club, you want to make an impact and he did in the first few games.
“He picked up the injury when he was away with Sweden and since then it’s been frustrating because he did a lot of work to get fit. He’s desperate to make his mark here.
“If you are trying to look for a positive we will look for his injury to heal and we will get a mini pre-season to get him in peak physical condition.”
Meanwhile, there was better news for Alan Saint-Maximin, another star of Eddie Howe’s side, with the Frenchman expected back before the World Cup begins.
“Maxi has had a very minor irritation to his hamstring, but it is the third time that’s happened. Although it is a minor injury, because of the recurrence we might have to be careful with him but we hope to see him before the World Cup”, Howe confirmed.