When asked about Isak’s potential return to the matchday squad, the Magpies boss told the media: “Let’s get through training today. I’m not clear – I just don’t want to put pressure on him and we want to introduce him at the right time.
“He’s getting closer all the time and he has trained. Let’s wait and see.”
There is no doubt that Howe will want his team to progress into the next stage of the FA Cup this weekend, as his side’s phenomenal form could offer a golden opportunity to deliver the first major domestic trophy since 1955.
The Magpies are currently third in the Premier League table and strongly in contention for a Champions League qualifying place if they can maintain their form over the remainder of the season. However, a trophy at St James’ Park would be the cherry on top of an incredible first full season on Tyneside for the former Bournemouth boss.
A return for Isak this evening could give Newcastle a huge boost in front of goal, as although the Swedish striker has been rarely seen for the Tyneside club since his move last August due to injury, he is a proven goalscorer with a lot of star quality.
The 23-year-old has scored 84 goals and delivered 19 assists in 217 appearances over his senior and youth career so far with a goal contribution every 134 minutes, proving that he is a consistent and reliable threat who can add real value to Newcastle not only against Sheffield Wednesday but throughout the second half of the season.
With that being said, progression in the FA Cup would be a great step forward for Newcastle in their pursuit to bring tangible success to the club, and Isak’s potential return to action could be the key to securing the Magpies’ place in the next round of the competition.