The Mail are reporting that the thigh injury Islam Slimani picked up in training is not as bad as first thought.
Craig Hope is reporting the Algerian could even be on the bench on Saturday at Crystal Palace but Rafa will not want to risk him until he’s 100% fit.
We need the 58 times capped Algerian International in our games through the end of the season, and if he does well then hopefully we can sign him permanently in the summer for say £20M.
Islam Slimani – arriving by private jet – picture tweeted by Craig Hope earlier today
I’m told the thigh injury picked up by Islam Slimani this week is not as serious as first reported & there is outside chance he could make NUFC bench at Crystal Palace this weekend, although home match v Man Utd a week Sunday more likely.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) January 31, 2018
Given where we were last night, Newcastle could get Islam Slimani and Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in on loan before 11:00 pm tonight.
Those two would be in addition to Chelsea’s Kenedy, and that would even be a good transfer window for Newcastle – 3 good players through the door.
We need Slimani and Dubravka signed on loan and then if we can beat Burnley tonight then things will look a lot brighter tomorrow morning.