Eddie Howe provides Alexander Isak injury update ahead of Wolves trip
'We need to assess...'
Isak, who has been carrying a few little knocks and niggles this season, went down clutching his leg after just a quarter of an hour during Newcastle’s Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
After some treatment from the physio, Isak motioned that he was unable to continue and Callum Wilson was brought on to replace him in the 15th minute.
Isak was also forced to withdraw from Sweden’s squad for the recent international break due to a groin problem and was only fit enough for a place on the bench in Newcastle’s last top-flight match, coming on for the final 20 minutes in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Speaking ahead of Newcastle’s game against Wolves at Molineux this weekend, Magpies boss Howe said: ‘Alex is a groin [problem] which we don’t think is serious.
‘But it’s a recurrence of the groin he suffered when he was playing for Sweden, so we need to assess that.
‘I think he’s having a scan today. We don’t anticipate that’s going to be too bad.’
Meanwhile, Howe has also provided an injury update on Jacob Murphy, who is set for a longer spell on the sidelines.
Murphy landed awkwardly just a few minutes after being subbed on in the second half against Dortmund and he appeared to be in serious discomfort.
‘Jacob’s is totally different, it’s a dislocation of his shoulder,’ Howe added. ‘It’s not clear what we’re going to do. I think he’s going to see a specialist today. You can play with these injuries, or the other side of it, he needs an operation and he’ll be out for some time.’