Alexander Isak could be out 'for a while' after injury set back

EXCLUSIVE: Alexander Isak suffers a major setback in his recovery from a thigh injury… with Newcastle’s £60m striker set to be out until AFTER the World Cup

  • Newcastle striker Alexander Isak suffers setback in his thigh injury recovery 
  • Manager Eddie Howe says the Swede could be out ‘for a while’ for Magpies 
  • Isak is not likely to play for Newcastle until after next month’s World Cup break 
  • Allan Saint-Maximin has also suffered a setback with his hamstring injury 

Newcastle United’s £60million record signing Alexander Isak has suffered a setback in his recovery from a thigh injury and is likely to be out until after the World Cup.

MailOnline revealed yesterday that the Sweden forward had pulled up in training with the same problem and would be facing a spell on the sidelines.

It was expected that Isak would make his return this week but Eddie Howe has confirmed the 23-year-old will be out ‘for a while’ and ‘probably won’t’ feature before next month’s World Cup.

Alexander Isak’s comeback from a thigh injury will be delayed for at least three games

Eddie Howe is left with an injury headache with two of his key forwards out with injuries

The news is a huge blow for Howe and the player, who has only featured three times since his arrival from Real Sociedad in August. He scored on his debut at Liverpool but felt a problem in his thigh while training with Sweden during September’s international break.

Isak’s comeback bid had been on course after stepping up his involvement at Newcastle’s training ground early last week. But Newcastle’s medical staff must now determine the best course of treatment given the risk of him suffering another recurrence.

Isak’s injury comes at the same time as Allan Saint-Maximin suffered a setback during his return from a hamstring layoff, as revealed by MailOnline on Saturday. The French winger will miss this week’s matches against Everton and Spurs with Newcastle hopeful his latest absence being limited to around a fortnight.

Allan Saint-Maximin is hoped to only be out for another fortnight with his latest injury

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