Eddie Howe reveals if Alexander Isak injury will change Newcastle United transfer plans

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Newcastle United could be without a senior striker for Saturday's Premier League against Luton Town.

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe is hoping for good news regarding Alexander Isak after the Swede withdrew with a groin injury during Tuesday night's 3-1 win at Aston Villa.

Moments after Fabian Schar made it 2-0 to the Magpies, Isak signalled to Howe that he was unable to continue. The 24-year-old was swiftly replaced by Miguel Almiron, who provided cross that led to Alex Moreno's own goal in the 53rd minute.

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Asked for an update on Isak after the game, Howe said: “I’d like to say that was my decision but no, that was Alex’s decision. He said he had to come off. We’re hopeful it is not a serious injury. It doesn’t look too bad but it’s very early to say that. We need a proper diagnosis and then assess where we are."

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With Callum Wilson still recovering from calf injury, Newcastle could be without a recognised senior striker for Saturday's Premier League at home to Luton Town.

So, will that force United into the transfer market before Thursday's 11pm deadline?

"I don’t think so," replied Howe. "First of all we need to assess the injury and see where Callum is. But I don’t think we have the ability to do anything."

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"I expect to be finished for the window," Howe told NewcastleWorld. "I think there is very little time left to do anything either in or out. That’s where it stands."

As previously revealed by Howe, Newcastle will need to sell before they buy. That scenario is now extremely unlikely with Miguel Almiron staying put despite interest from the Saudi Pro League, whose transfer window shut on Tuesday.

"I’m confident he will stay now and I’m delighted because he is such an important player," said Howe on Almiron. “What a person and professional he is. He’s had a lot of speculation that’s come from the media, but it’s not affected him at all.

“He didn’t feel anywhere his best physically today, but he put himself on the pitch for the team and performed really well.”

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