Newcastle forward set for full pre-season after international snub

Newcastle United forward Yoshinori Muto has NOT been selected for Japan's Copa America squad this summer - meaning he will have a full pre-season to prepare for the 2019/20 campaign.

By Joe Nicholson
Friday, 24 May, 2019, 15:26
Yoshinori Muto made 17 league appearances for Newcastle this season.

Japan will make a guest appearance at this year's competition in Brazil, which will take place between June 14 and July 7.

Muto, who joined Newcastle for a reported 9.5million fee last summer, has made just 17 Premier League appearances for the Newcastle this term, after signing a four-year deal at St James' Park in August.

The 26-year-old was involved in Japan's World Cup squad last summer, while Muto also played four games during his nation's run to the Asia Cup final earlier this year.

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Muto has scored just once for Newcastle, in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United, after joining the Magpies from German Bundesliga side Mainz.

The Japanese forward also struggled with a calf injury earlier in the campaign.