Thu 23 Nov 2023, 16:58 by Ash Harrison

£21m ace pictured in training today but no sign of Alexander Isak as Newcastle prepare for Chelsea

£21m ace pictured in training today but no sign of Alexander Isak as Newcastle prepare for Chelsea
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Newcastle United have released a bunch of photos from training today which drops a big hint at who is fit for Saturday.

Miguel Almiron limped off the field against Bournemouth and as a result, withdrew from international duty, but the £21million Paraguayan was pictured with his signature smile on the training ground at Benton. Serena Taylor once again providing a gallery of images from the session which is now up on the Newcastle United website.

Newcastle's international representatives were also all pictured in action: Fabian Schar has shaken off the muscle injury that kept him out of Switzerland's first game, Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton were both pictured smiling after their fiery Argentina affair that saw J7 sent off in comical fashion.

Alexander Isak was worryingly absent from the photos

Kieran Trippier was back too after he had to withdraw from international duty early to take care of 'personal matters'.

Miguel Almiron
Serena Taylor - Newcastle United
Mr Smiley Miguel Almiron

Tino Livramento returned from England under-21 duty and is also likely to feature against his old club on Saturday, but Lewis Hall, who was pictured in training can't play as he's still technically a Chelsea player.

One man who we'd hoped to see but didn't is Alexander Isak

Eddie Howe
Serena Taylor - Newcastle United
Eddie Howe looking absolutely nithered on the training pitch

Fingers crossed we have a recognised striker fit for Saturday

Isak has been out for a few weeks but it was thought that he would be able to return to action against Chelsea on Saturday.

That may still be the case, but his absence from training, or at least the training gallery, is a worry.

Newcastle fans will be desperate to see Alexander Isak back in action with Callum Wilson now expected to be missing for a few more weeks. Anthony Gordon has had an amazing season so far, but he's far more effective out wide than he is playing through the middle, so fingers crossed our record signing makes it in time.

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