Newcastle’s record signing Alexander Isak has withdrawn from the Sweden squad through injury, leaving manager Eddie Howe sweating over his form.
The £58m summer signing from Real Sociedad missed Wednesday’s 23rd birthday Nations League B4 game against Serbia and Slovenia between training sessions and will head back to Tyneside.
A statement on the Swedish Football Association’s official website said: “Alexander Isak missed Wednesday’s training due to feeling.
“On Wednesday evening, among other things, Alexander was examined by our medical team and it was determined that he will not be able to play in the matches against Serbia or Slovenia. Therefore, Aleksander leaves the team.
Manger Janne Andersson added: “Of course it’s sad, mainly for Alex, but also for us as a team. But after talking to both our medical team and Alex, it’s the right decision for him to leave. I hope he is back as soon as possible.”
Isak, who started three of the four games for his homeland in June, was disappointed to have to retire.
He said: “It’s a very sad feeling to leave the team. I’ve been missing playing in the blue and yellow shirt again. I wish the boys the best of luck on Saturday and Tuesday.
The news also comes as a blow to Magpies boss Howe, who ended his swoop for Isak as the summer transfer window closes with Callum Wilson nursing a hamstring injury that has sidelined him since the 3-3 draw with champions Manchester City. August 21.
Wilson is close to a return but Newcastle are waiting to see the extent of the injury suffered by the big-money player at promoted Fulham next Saturday.
Isak scored and converted a penalty on his Liverpool debut to secure a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at the weekend, but is yet to win in his three Premier League appearances for the Premier League-winning club. game from the opening day of the season.