Real Sociedad suffer huge blow as Alexander Isak’s replacement Umar Sadiq suffers ACL injury and out for season


REAL SOCIEDAD have suffered a huge injury blow as Umar Sadiq, their replacement for Alexander Isak, has suffered a season-ending injury.

The Spanish side sold their star striker to Newcastle for £63million at the end of August.

Newcastle have a new hero in Alexander Isak


Newcastle have a new hero in Alexander IsakCredit: EPA
Umar Sadiq has been ruled out for the rest of the season


Umar Sadiq has been ruled out for the rest of the seasonCredit: Getty

And they chose to spend £18million bringing in Umar Sadiq from Almeria to fill the void left behind.

The Nigerian striker has played just three games for his new club before picking up an ACL injury.

He scored on his debut versus Atletico Madrid and also netted twice for newly promoted Almeria prior to his move but the chances of him hitting the back of the net again this season now appears unlikely.

Real Sociedad confirmed the 25-year-old has suffered a “rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament” and is now set to undergo surgery.

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Spanish media report that Sadiq will not be able to play any more part of the season.

The blue and whites were hoping to build on their 6th place finish in LaLiga last season and go far in the Europa League, where they find themselves in the same group as Manchester United.

Imanol Alguacil’s side usually play with two strikers and will have to rely on ex-Real Madrid youngster Takefusa Kubo, fellow new signing Momo Cho and ex-Crystal Palace flop Alexander Sorloth for goals.

The club netted relied heavily on defence last season netting just 40 goals in 38 matches last campaign and may have to do the same again.


As for Isak, he has got off to a positive start at Newcastle following his club record transfer.

He scored on his debut versus Liverpool and was unlucky not to net a brace in the game.

With Callum Wilson expected to still be out injured the Swedish striker is expected to start versus Bournemouth this weekend.


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