Tue 26 Mar 2024, 14:29 · Liam Brusby

Delight for Newcastle duo who both start in Sweden side managed by former Magpie

Delight for Newcastle duo who both start in Sweden side managed by former Magpie
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Newcastle United's Swedish duo Emil Krafth and Alexander Isak both started in Sweden's 1-0 win against Albania.

The win meant that Sweden's head coach and former mag Jon Dahl Tomasson picked up his first win since taking charge of the team in February.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe will surely be delighted with the time Tomasson has given his two players during this break, the two players should also return with a clean bill of health ahead of Saturday's game at home to West Ham.

Both players also featured in Sweden's 5-2 defeat to Portugal last week, with Isak playing the full 90 and Krafth coming off the bench.

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Krafth will be pleased with his minutes for Sweden

The 29-year-old has made just seven appearances for the Magpies this season, all coming from the bench as he battles to work his way back into the squad after a lengthy time on the sideline due to injury.

Krafth played 86 minutes for Sweden last night, the most game time he's had all season. Last nights game showed Newcastle boss Howe that his fitness is there and he can play a full game if he needed to.

The Swede signed a new one-year contract extension in February, but his role at club next season remains to be seen with Tino Livramento a likely started over him in the long term.


Isak plays another full 90 minutes

Howe will surely be delighted that his marquee signing is playing full games again. The 24-year-old managed to play a full 90 in the 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on March 11, but he hadn't done that since January before then.

Isak has been a standout player for Newcastle this season, scoring 16 goals in 30 games but has missed games due to a reoccurring groin problem.

Tomasson played Isak as a winger for the Albania game, a familiar position for him, the Swede played there on several occasions while partnering Callum Wilson last season to great affect.