After missing group training on Wednesday due to an injury, Alexander Isak has withdrawn from the Sweden national team according to The Athletic. The extent of the injury is unknown at this point.
Isak was able to train alone yesterday and was then assessed by Sweden’s medical team before the decision to withdraw. Sweden faces Serbia on Saturday and Slovenia on Tuesday in Nations League matches.
The 23-year-old said the following after withdrawing from the squad:
“It feels very sad to have to leave the team.
“I had longed to play in the blue and yellow shirt again. I wish the boys the best of luck on Saturday and Tuesday.”
With Isak at least running on Wednesday, his injury may not be too serious. Though it is a concern for Eddie Howe as Newcastle have struggled to keep their star players fit over the past month.
Callum Wilson is expected to return at Fulham after the break while Bruno Guimaraes made his return against Bournemouth last weekend. Allan Saint-Maximin’s prognosis is uncertain as the winger suffered a setback from his hamstring injury.
The early season injury woes have cost Newcastle, who have not scored in open play for the previous two matches, both draws. Newcastle have picked up just one win, the opener against Nottingham Forest. They currently sit 10th in the league table.
70 comments so far
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:27 AMComment #1
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:28 AMComment #2
Nice day, out there!
The equinox has passed…sigh!
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:30 AMComment #3
That’s right re: Lewis
So long as defenders defend, not bothered about their attacking prowess. It’s a bonus!
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:35 AMComment #4
Can understand playing for Forest, def stats is inflated. Putting ball into the box is what Newcastle needed right now.
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:40 AMComment #5
Like how Chelsea discarded De Bruyne?
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:43 AMComment #6
But, relying on balls into the box doesn’t tell the whole story, either.
If ya playing a old school cf, maybe?
Not sure we’re doing that.
Wood ain’t getting a game, now. Wilson’s frequently injured and Isak is much more than that.
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:45 AMComment #7
Modern game is all about defenders contributing to attacks. Every top team is looking for that.
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:45 AMComment #8
Are comparing Neco Williams with Kevin De Bruyne?
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:46 AMComment #9
We’re not delivering the passes from mid, quick enough. Not turning defenders. Facing a dense block now, too.
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:49 AMComment #10
Not taking about crosses only, the stats include all type of successful non-setpiece pass into the box. Which I feel Newcastle is severly lacking.
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:49 AMComment #11
Dunno, leaves you open to counters, clogs and can slow the attack.
Done at speed, occasionally.
Too many ponderous, low % crosses.
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:50 AMComment #12
Phew, that’s more like it 😀 probably good for another year anyway.
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:50 AMComment #13
Talking about clubs letting young players go, coming back to bite them.
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:52 AMComment #14
In an ideal world/team…total football, with very adaptable players, in every position.
We’re not there yet!
If defenders are getting forward all the time, mids gave to defend more, too.
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:53 AMComment #15
Has that put ya mind at rest?
We can still get cash for him, i feel.
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:55 AMComment #16
The problem with facing the deep blocking defence is that you have to have skilled, visionary passers who can pass through the block onto intelligent forward runners (we ain’t there yet) or you have to draw them out by passing around their block just keeping the Ball off them in the hope they get impatient and “come out” of formation leaving gaps. That’s as boring as **** to watch though, and I’m not sure we’d be happy watching that.
3rd alt is the high balls into box, but they need to stay away from keeper, we’ve got the tall players who should be able to operate this system, but it also requires runners to pick up on knock downs or rebounds. Something to work on.
That’s enough football from me, I need a lie down now. 😀
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:55 AMComment #17
I’d rather we hit the odd long ball to run on to, than endless, fruitless lumping into the box, with little or no return.
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:56 AMComment #18
See what Isak did with that ‘offside’ goal v lfc.
Toon fans bad
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:59 AMComment #19
Obviously Isak has a niggle or whatever and has decided to withdraw from his national squad. As Sweden aren’t going to the world cup I think he’s focussing on the Toon in the interim. Why bother taking the risk of making the injury worse when he can come back to Toon medical people, get assessed properly and hopefully be ready for Fulham. He came across as a really bright lad in his joining interview. I think if it was a EURO/WC qualifier he’d probably have kept his gob shut. Good lad, he can stay!
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:00 AMComment #20
We’re doing football… in international downtime…wey hey!
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:01 AMComment #21
Trippier passes into the box almost double the rest of the Newcastle players. Not including setpieces.
Toon fans bad
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:06 AMComment #22
Noticed the Fraser assists were corners. Almost identical places where he put both them Dykes’s heed. I reckon wor Eddie’s RADAR warning alerts went off and he’s already looking at that set piece possibility with his staff.
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:06 AMComment #23
Yea, he’s a good example of an all rounder.
But, standing in the middle waiting for a cross, blows…early ball delivers better. We’re just filling the box and giving it back to him to put in.
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:07 AMComment #24
But we’re still waiting in dire need of guile around the box.
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:08 AMComment #25
Yes of course it happens, Salah too, I’m just not sure if Neco Williams falls in to that category. Who am I to judge on that though.
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:10 AMComment #26
Toon fans bad,
That’s what I’m hoping, Botman has took an even bigger pledge by withdrawing outright, I hope that doesn’t bite him on the arse.
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:12 AMComment #27
On Fraser corners, I think he had Dan Burns boots on against Bournemouth, his delivery was woeful.
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:13 AMComment #28
Same, it’s only my personal view. Just based on the stats and 2 Forest games I’hv watched.
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:14 AMComment #29
I think in Botmans case he’s took a calculated gamble. If he only starts every few games with us he probably isn’t going to Qatar anyway, if he knuckles down and shows Howe he’s good to start every game then he may well do so and book his place in the Dutch squad.
The Last Jedi
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:20 AMComment #30
One of the coolest goal I’ve ever seen. A player we were linked with years ago
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:42 AMComment #31
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:44 AMComment #32
Botman probably knows he’s in, already!?!
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:51 AMComment #33
Not really or he’d be called up for the NL games not the U21’s
Sep 22, 2022 at 11:52 AMComment #34
I’d say he has to show outstanding PL form over the next two months to be in with a shout.
Sep 22, 2022 at 12:01 PMComment #35
We have Wilson, St Maximin and Shelvey out with Hamstring injuries.
What’s the betting its Isaac’s hamstring as well.
Could this be the old training pitches again as we seemed to go through many years with multiple injuries and they were blamed in the past.
Or are we training too hard??
Sep 22, 2022 at 12:15 PMComment #36
Wilson and ASM are notorious anyway, with the expertise now at the club all communicating with each other, I’m sure if that was the case it will be getting addressed now as we speak.
Sep 22, 2022 at 12:20 PMComment #37
Sven Botman doesn’t even have one full international call up and the U21’s manager doesn’t sound happy at all that he’s pulled out. Unless LVG has given him private advice to start playing PL games then he’s took a massive gamble, fair play to him.
Sep 22, 2022 at 12:27 PMComment #38
If players prove themselves in our 1st team, they’ll get call ups. Sensible moves being made all round I think.
Wow, it’s a bloody long time since I’ve been able to make that statement!! – 14 wasted years!!
Sep 22, 2022 at 12:32 PMComment #39
Hibbit, from earlier, Adelaide Terrace was a small part of the total length of Elswick road, which ran from “the Big Lamp” on Westgate Road to Denton Road.
Basically, everyone was correct. 😉
Sep 22, 2022 at 12:36 PMComment #40
His U21 coach doesn’t seem to think so.