Alexander Isak has missed ’s Premier League clash with Wolves due to a work permit issue.
The Sweden international is Newcastle’s new club-record signing after joining in a £63 million deal from Real Sociedad earlier this week.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe had hoped to have his new striker available for their trip to Molineux.
But Isak is forced to miss out, which means he could now make his debut against Liverpool next Wednesday.
When asked about Isak’s absence, Howe said before the game: ‘It’s just a work permit issue. We were waiting right until the last minute to hope to get it through. But it didn’t come.’
Speaking earlier this week, Howe insisted that the Premier League is a good fit for Isak’s profile.
‘He has pace, technical ability, dribbling ability,’ said Howe. ‘He’s got a bit of the X factor about him.
‘Alex is slightly different and I think he’s capable of scoring goals. He’s technically very good and has a mix of qualities I really like in a forward player.
‘For such a young player, he’s had a lot of experiences thrown at him, playing for big clubs in Germany [with Borussia Dortmund], the Netherlands [Willem II] and Spain [Real Sociedad].
‘The English game will suit his profile. He’s a really good athlete with a host of things going for him and his best years are ahead of him. He’s a very exciting signing for us.’
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