With another international break looming on the horizon, some national teams are already announcing their squads for the upcoming fixtures.

Sweden are one of the ones who did so on Wednesday, and there is some good news and bad news for Newcastle United, who will see one of their players representing his country, but it won’t be Alexander Isak.

That’s because the striker is still injured, and Janne Andersson spoke about his decisions to call up Emil Krafth but leave the forward out of his squad, relayed by Fotbollskanalen.

The right-back has made a return to football recently at Newcastle in the 3-0 win over Manchester United after a severe injury to his cruciate ligament, and the Sweden manager wanted to reward him for his good work to get back to full fitness.

He said: “It’s great fun. It’s been a long rehab for him, and now he’s been in full training for quite some time, so he’s in good shape. He had a great game last week at centre-back.”

As for Alexander Isak, the 24-year-old Newcastle star has been out of action for the past two Premier League games due to a groin injury, and hasn’t made enough progress in his recovery to be risked by his national team manager.

Andersson added: “The rehab is going well, he says, so it’s good, and hopefully it won’t take that long, but he was not eligible to be here.”

Prior to his injury, Isak had scored six goals in eight Premier League games for Newcastle, and found the back of net once in the 1-0 win over Manchester City in the EFL Cup back in September.