Newcastle have been handed a blow after Yoshinori Muto was called up to the Japan squad for the Asian Cup in January. Muto, Newcastle’s most expensive summer capture at £9.5million, has scored just once in 11 league games this season but has shown signs of promise, particularly in the late defeat to Manchester United in October.
Despite Salomon Rondon’s recent form keeping the Japanese forward out of the side, it is still a big blow for the Magpies, with the busy festive period fast approaching.
The 26-year-old was not named in the original squad but has now been handed a late call by manager Hajime Moriyasu for the tournament that starts on January 5 in the United Arab Emirates, ending on February 1.
He could potentially miss four league games and the FA Cup third-round clash against Blackburn Rovers.
He is the second player from Rafa Benitez’s squad to receive a call-up to the Asian Cup, with Ki Sung-yeung set to represent South Korea.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.