Newcastle United: Alexander Isak back in squad after injury
Newcastle United have been gifted a big injury boost before they play Bournemouth in the Premier League, as Alexander Isak is back in the squad.
The Lowdown: Head injury
Isak, who had come on as a substitute, had to be substituted off with a head injury in Newcastle’s 2-1 win at home to Southampton in their recent Carabao Cup semi-final.
He received a blow to the face from a powerful free-kick from James Ward-Prowse, and was subsequently taken off in injury-time.
As a result, Isak failed to make the squad as Eddie Howe‘s team drew 1-1 against West Ham United in the Premier League at St. James’ Park last weekend.
The Latest: Back in squad
Speaking to the media in his pre-game press conference ahead of their match against the Cherries, Howe has confirmed that Isak has ‘fully recovered’ from his injury, and that he will be ‘in the squad’:
“He will be in the squad. He’s fully recovered with no problems. Initially he got hit on the head and he didn’t feel too bad but we had to follow protocols. He’s been good this week.”
The Verdict: Big boost
Having Isak back in the squad will certainly be a big boost for Howe and his team.
The club-record signing has had rotten luck with injuries since his arrival from Real Sociedad in the summer, but he showed early signs of promise, scoring twice in his opening three appearances in the Premier League, including against Liverpool at Anfield.
He also netted the winner upon his return from a hamstring injury against Fulham in January, showing how much of a poacher he can be in front of goal.
The Magpies have been goal-shy in recent games, scoring just eight times in eight matches in all competitions since January, and Isak has shown that he can be ruthless when given the chance.