The reason why Dan Burn remains absent from Newcastle United’s Saudi Arabia training

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Dan Burn has arrived in Saudi Arabia after travelling separately from his Newcastle United teammates.

Dan Burn has landed in Saudi Arabia, despite missing a second day of Newcastle United training.

The Blyth-born defender did not travel to Riyadh with his teammates on Sunday due to illness, however travelled separately on Monday.

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Burn touched in the Middle East in the early hours of Tuesday morning so was excused from this morning’s session to recover.

The 30-year-old is expected to train in full on Wednesday ahead of the friendly against Saudi Pro League champions Al Hilal at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium (kick-off 5pm).

Newcastle United defender Dan Burn. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Newcastle United defender Dan Burn. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Newcastle United defender Dan Burn. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Meanwhile, Alexander Isak did not warm up with the main group at Al Hilal’s Training Centre - United’s base for the week - this morning as he recovers from a thigh injury.

The Sweden international, as pictured by Newcastle’s media team, has been on the grass but the medical team are proceeding with caution to ensure Isak is fit for the Premier League restart.

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Isak scored two goals in his opening three games after joining from Real Sociedad for a club-record fee but hasn’t featured since September.

Speaking previously, Howe said: “I’m not sure whether he’ll train with us initially. I think he had a scan the other day on his injury and it looks good, it looks like it has healed.

“Now the process starts of building him up and making sure he’s robust enough to come through training.

“I’m not sure he’ll join in with us initially but we hope by the time the games starts, he’s available for selection.”

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