Journalist gives update on Alexander Isak's fitness before Newcastle vs Fulham
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Journalist gives update on Alexander Isak's fitness before Newcastle vs Fulham

The Athletic have issued an update on the fitness of Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak before Sunday’s clash with Fulham.

Isak played 45 minutes of the FA Cup third round defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, and was the main – perhaps only – positive from that game.

Then he got 12 minutes in Tuesday’s 2-0 EFL Cup win over Leicester but is still waiting for his first Premier League appearance since September’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.

He scored in that game, and journalist Chris Waugh has said that it will be weeks until he is fully back to match sharpness.

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Journalist offers Isak fitness update

Replying to a question from a fan about Isak, he wrote: “The 45 minutes he played on Saturday really aided him, according to conversations I’ve had, and the cameo appearance off the bench against Leicester on Tuesday was also beneficial.

“All the indications are, though, that Newcastle will not rush Isak, and instead will ease him back, building up his workload and minutes.

“They have done that already, taking time to ensure his body had fully recovered this time before including him in matchday squads.

“With Wilson and Wood available, and Saint-Maximin and Joelinton other options as central strikers, Howe does not need to throw Isak back in. So I think it’ll probably be a few weeks before he is really fully match sharp.”

Isak was the man Newcastle spent big on in the summer, and his ‘unbelievable‘ quality has already been praised in England despite limited gametime.

It says a lot for Newcastle that they are where they are without the striker they put a lot of faith in and when he is back fit, they will hope to go to another level.

Perhaps he will be fully fit and sharp for the run-in, and a potential EFL Cup final at the end of February could kick that off.

That would be a real boost to Newcastle in the chase for the Champions League and it seems they are doing the right thing by easing him back in.

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