The Newcastle United 'plan' for Alexander Isak

Alexander Isak came through his comeback game with no ill-effects, according to Eddie Howe.

Club-record signing Isak, sidelined since September with a thigh injury, played 45 minutes of last night's 2-1 third-round FA Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Howe revealed after the game that it was always the plan to take him off at the break.

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United’s head coach said: “He’s fine. That was the plan, to play 45. We wanted him to warm up, and give him every chance to play his best football for that 45 minutes. I thought he did very well, he was lively – and had chances to score.”

Isak’s now looking forward to getting more minutes in Tuesday night’s home Carabao Cup quarter-final against Leicester.

"I think the sharpness will help,” said the 23-year-old, who joined from Real Sociedad in a £60million deal last summer. "These are chances I'd usually score. That’s football, the ball wouldn't go in. Hopefully, I’ll get more chances against Leicester.”

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Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak.Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak.
Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak.