Muto called up for the AFC ASIAN UAE 2019 Cup

Newcastle will be one striker down in the new year as summer signing Yoshinori Muto received a call up to play for the Japanese international side in the AFC Asian Cup UAE from 5th January to 1st February 2019.

Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu announced his 23-player squad for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 on the 13th December but initially left the Newcastle striker out of his squad.

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Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu

Muto could miss four Premier League games and up to three FA Cup games – depending on whether Newcastle make it through to round four and require a third round replay.

Although Muto has struggled for game-time given Salomon Rondon’s recent form, it is still a blow for Rafa Benitez during a hectic January.

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