New Newcastle United record signing Alexander Isak will be in line to make his debut against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday evening, as his Visa has been approved by the UK Government, it has been confirmed.
The Swedish striker became the Magpies’ record signing when he joined from Real Sociedad last week in a £60m deal, and Eddie Howe had previously said that he was unsure about the availability of his new star as his side travel to Anfield.
“I don’t know. I still don’t know”, he admitted. “I hope so. I desperately hope so. It would be great to see him involved for us but we’re in the hands of other people. We desperately hoping that gets done before the game but there’s no guarantee at this point”.
However, it has now been confirmed that Isak could be in line for his debut against Jurgen Klopp’s side, with his Visa having been processed.
This will come as quite the relief for Eddie Howe, who has injury issues mounting.
Injury woes mount for Newcastle
Despite Isak being fit, there will be plenty of change for the Magpies against Liverpool.
They will be without their pair of talismanic stars, with Bruno Guimaraes and Alan Saint-Maximin both due to miss out with hamstring injuries.
“He’s [Guimaraes] doing well”, Howe told the media. “I don’t know about this game coming up but, hopefully, not far after if he doesn’t make this game. He’s very positive, in good spirits, and desperate to get back involved. He’s a big player for us. We need to get him back as quickly as possible.”
The pair join Callum Wilson on the sidelines, while Emile Krafth has been ruled out for the season with a ruptured ACL.