Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has earmarked a return for Alexander Isak during the World Cup break.
Howe sees Newcastle’s two friendly games against Al-Hilal and Rayo Vallecano as the perfect opportunity for Isak to make his comeback from injury.
The Sweden star was injured on international duty when he broke down with an old thigh injury.
Howe said: “We would hope he would be fit for those games. He is at the early stage of his injury now and has had two injections I believe to the thigh.
“That was a five-week diagnosis. These things can change with muscle injuries. We are taking it slowly with him because there’s no need to rush him initially. We are giving him a bit more time to recover, but we hope that when we start training again that he can join the group.”
And reflecting on the injury itself, Howe said: “It was just a recurrence. It was exactly the same on the scan as the original one. I’d say he is naturally disappointed. When you come to a new club you want to make an instant impact and impression.
“To be fair to him he did against Liverpool and Crystal Palace. He scored against Bournemouth. He just wanted that to last longer.
“Being in the Premier League and enjoying it, it’s very difficult when you are injured and out for a sustained period like he has been. We’ve just tried to support him and we look to get him back as quickly as possible.”