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    Tuesday, 30 August 2022

    Newcastle boss confirms Alexander Isak problem and injuries ahead of Liverpool clash

    Eddie Howe has confirmed his new signing Alexander Isak will travel to Anfield but could stay on sidelines

    Alexander Isak could be benched throughout against Liverpool on Wednesday

    It's possible Alexander Isak, Newcastle United's record signing, won't have a work permit to play against  Liverpool on Wednesday night.

    Despite spending €80 million on him last week, Real Sociedad's Sweden striker couldn't play during Sunday's draw with Wolves because his Home Office documents hadn't arrived.

    On Tuesday morning, Eddie Howe stated he was hopeful the 22-year-old would be able to play at Anfield as Bruno Guimaraes, Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin are all injured.

    During the midweek Carabao Cup match against Tranmere, Brazil midfielder Guimaraes revealed he felt his hamstring pull near the end of the game. Consequently, he will be out of action for the Magpies' next two games.

    Saint-Maximin is also a concern for the Merseyside trip due to an identical injury picked up at Molineux.

    Speaking ahead of the game at Anfield, Howe said: "We still don't know (if the work permit will arrive), 'I desperately hope so. It would be great to see him involved for us, but we're in the hands still of other people. We're desperately hoping that it gets done before the game, but there's no guarantee as I sit here now.

    "I think (the cut-off point) is 75 minutes before kick-off, so it could go down to the wire. We'll wait and see.

    "We've had minimal training with him between games, but what he has done, he's done very well. He's looked bright and keen, but we've only seen him in flashes. I'm excited by him."

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