Newcastle striker Isak trains away from Sweden squad as Andersson sends message

Newcastle striker Alexander Isak has trained separately from the rest of the Sweden squad due to injury.

SverigeRadio reports Isak trained individually on Tuesday but claim the problem isn’t serious.

The forward has not been ruled out of the first of his country’s two games during the international break.

The news may still be a concern for a Newcastle side who have already suffered with injuries to key attacking players so far this season. Isak has replaced the sidelined Callum Wilson following his arrival from Real Sociedad and is yet to play alongside Allan Saint-Maximin either.

Speaking this week, Sweden manager Janne Andersson urged the youngster to continue being a leader in the national setup.

“Alexander Isak scored a goal in the national team in 2017, that’s five and a half years ago,” he said.

“It is clear that there are players who have already shown that they are prepared to take responsibility in our national team, and it is important that they do so now. Players that have personalities and play in leagues and teams where they gain many good experiences that you can take with you into the national team.”