EDDIE Howe is hopeful Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak are fit to feature against Burnley on Saturday afternoon, but Newcastle United's head coach does have a couple of ideas up his sleeve if his strikers are forced to miss out.

Wilson missed the midweek Carabao Cup victory over Manchester City with a slight hamstring injury, while Isak was forced off in the second half with calf tightness.

Both have received treatment since, with Newcastle set to make a late call on the pair ahead of the visit of the winless Clarets.

Wilson is in fine form for Newcastle having scored 11 goals in his last 14 appearances, while Isak was on the scoresheet at Sheffield United before hitting the winner against City.

The chances are both will be fit to be involved on Saturday, but if they're not Howe believes he has the players to cope - even if he doesn't have any other recognised strikers in his squad.

Asked if he has any emergency plans in place, Howe said: "We have a few options. Anthony Gordon has played as a striker for England and has done very well - he would probably be the first in line, with Jacob Murphy who can also play the position.

"We have Joelinton, who has played the role historically. He would play it slightly differently to the other players we have got. We also have the option of trying something quite different tactically."

Asked what that tactical switch could entail, Howe laughed: "I don’t know, I haven’t thought of it yet!"


Newcastle will also make a late check on defender Sven Botman ahead of Saturday's game, with the defender having missed the Manchester City game with a knee problem. Dan Burn has suffered with illness this week but is expected to be available.

Newcastle are looking for their third successive Premier League win, while Vincent Kompany's visitors have only picked up a single point from their first five games.