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Newcastle: Howe hopeful Isak will be available to face Palace

Newcastle: Howe hopeful Isak will be available to face Palace -Newcastle United News

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe is hopeful club-record signing Alexander Isak will be available for tomorrow’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace, reports The Athletic’s Chris Waugh.

The Lowdown: Isak’s debut

The 22-year-old was granted permission to make his Magpies debut against Liverpool on Wednesday after receiving confirmation of his work permit.

Starting up front for the Toon, the Sweden international got off to an incredible start, emphatically scoring in the 38th minute.

After coming back out for the restart, the former Real Sociedad man once again illustrated his fantastic finishing ability, breaking away and finishing calmly, only to see the offside flag go up.

However, to Tyneside’s dismay, Isak was forced off in the 64th minute after suffering from a knock.

The Latest: Howe’s hope for Isak

Ahead of the Magpies’ game against Palace on Saturday, Howe provided an injury update on their £63m signing.

Waugh, who was in attendance for the manager’s interview, shared the news on Twitter.

“Eddie Howe is ‘hopeful’ Alexander Isak will be available to face #CPFC despite his dead leg.”

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The Verdict: Huge news

With Callum Wilson out of action for a few weeks having suffered a hamstring injury, Isak’s return to fitness will come as a huge boost for Howe’s side.

With a misfiring Chris Wood the only back-up option at the club, the Swede will be counted on to score the goals in Wilson’s absence.

Despite a relatively slow season in La Liga last year that saw the 22-year-old bag just six league goals, Isak clearly has an eye for the back of the net.

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During the 2020/21 campaign, the forward scored an emphatic 17 goals in 34 top-flight games. This clinical ability has also been illustrated on an international level, with the Swede having amassed nine goals in 37 caps for his country.

As a result, supporters will be expecting big things of Isak, and if his debut is anything to go on, his fitness on Saturday could determine the outcome of the match.


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