·27 September 2022
·27 September 2022
Eddie Howe will have been hopeful of having all three available for selection ahead of the weekend but the international break has claimed another casualty at St James’ Park.
According to The Telegraph, Isak is set to miss ‘several weeks’ of action after returning from international duty with Sweden with a lower leg injury.
The report adds that the problem is ‘not serious’ but will still take a number of weeks to recover from fully.
Howe’s striking problems have been made worse by the news that Chris Wood was forced off in New Zealand’s 2-0 defeat to Australia with a suspected rib injury.
After full-time, he added that, when challenging for the ball, something ‘popped’ in his ribs, leading to pain when running and breathing.
Wilson, who was signed from Bournemouth for £20 million two years ago, has been out with a hamstring problem since the 3-3 draw with Manchester City, while Allan Saint-Maximin, Jonjo Shelvey and Emil Krafth continue to battle their own issues too.
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Jones understands that there is growing optimism at the club that Guimaraes and Wilson will be available for selection against Fulham.
However, it is a game that could well come too soon for club-record signing Isak.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “I think there’s some optimism that Bruno will be okay. Isak, perhaps less so. Then there is Callum Wilson, I think, on the verge of coming back, I know that he’s been touted as potentially being available for this one. So it might be the perfect timing, if Isak isn’t around, that they’ve got Wilson to step back in.”
Isak’s absence will be a real blow to the Magpies, with the Sweden international hitting two goals in his first three Premier League games.
However, having Wilson and Guimaraes at their disposal will be a definite boost and ensure that there remains quality in midfield and in attack.
Fulham sit sixth in the Premier League after a blistering start and Howe will want as strong a team as possible at his disposal on Saturday afternoon.
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