Manchester United handed boost by Newcastle double fitness scare

Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson will both face late fitness tests ahead of facing UnitedAlexander Isak and Callum Wilson will both face late fitness tests ahead of facing United
Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson will both face late fitness tests ahead of facing United | Getty Images
The early team news as Man Utd host Newcastle United in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

Newcastle United could be without a fully fit striker when they travel to face Manchester United in the Premier League tomorrow night.

Erik ten Hag's side are looking to end a run of three matches without a win and keep their faint hopes of European qualification alive against one of the most in-form teams in the division.

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Newcastle could all but secure at least a sixth-place finish in the Premier League in midweek if they win at Old Trafford and Chelsea fail to defeat Brighton in the other match. However, they might have to do so without a fully fit senior striker to call upon, with Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak both suffering from illness in recent days.

“We'll see, we haven't seen Callum yet,” Howe told reporters at his pre-match press conference. “We'll see if he's available to train today. If not, he'll be available for Brentford.”

Top scorer Isak was withdrawn early during the 1-1 draw with Brighton last weekend, and will also be subject to a late fitness test for the match tomorrow night. Howe added: “It was illness but I don't think it's a serious illness. He didn't train [Monday] but we'll see if he trains today. Fingers crossed he will. He wasn't feeling 100% and I think you could see that. We knew on Friday that he was slightly under the weather.”

There was at least some good news for the Magpies, with defender Fabian Schar on course to return this week after missing the last two matches with a hamstring injury. “He’s working his way back,” Howe continued. “He’s in a mix at the moment between training and being with the medical staff. He’s making good progress from his hamstring problem so we’ll wait and see if he’s available."

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