Newcastle United star provides update after injury scare v Manchester City

Newcastle United star Alexander Isak.  (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Newcastle United star Alexander Isak.  (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Newcastle United star Alexander Isak. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak has played down any injury fears.

Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak is hopeful he will be fit and available to play against Burnley at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Sweden international scored the only goal of the game on 53 minutes as the Magpies knocked English and European champions Manchester City out of the Carabao Cup at third round stage last night.

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But less than 10 minutes after scoring, Isak gave United an injury scare when he was forced to withdraw. Eddie Howe revealed after the game the 24-year-old had a “tight calf” but the player played down the severity.

Newcastle United star Alexander Isak.  (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Newcastle United star Alexander Isak.  (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Newcastle United star Alexander Isak. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) | Getty Images

“I think I’m OK,” Isak told Sky Sports. “Hopefully it’s nothing.”

As a reward for Newcastle’s win, Isak & Co travel to Manchester United in the next round, which is a replay of last season’s final at Wembley.

On the City game, Isak added: “He [Eddie Howe] wanted us to get closer to them and to sacrifice and go at them. That is what we did and we won a lot of balls second half to build on.

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“We want to compete in all competitions that we participate in. We won today but now it’s onto the next. We have to focus on each competition when it comes.

Howe also confirmed Isak’s fellow attacker Callum Wilson was absent from the matchday squad versus Man City because of tightness in his hamstring.

Newcastle have a busy week coming up with the Premier League fixture against Burnley followed by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and then West Ham United away.

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