It will be interesting to hear just how bad the Islam Slimani thigh injury is from Rafa during his press conference which starts in about 30 minutes time at Benton.
Interestingly Islam is not down as injured on the Physioroom.com website with Newcastle having Jesus Gamez out with an ankle injury and Florian Lejeune still out with a foot injury.
Leicester have just one injury – Wes Morgan is out with a hamstring injury.
Islam Slimani – can score goals for Newcastle
The Mail’s Craig Hope on Wednesday said he heard the thigh injury was not as serious as first thought and that Islam could be in the squad for the game at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
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
But Rafa will take no chances with the striker who could be our savior if he can score those goals for us – he’ll be a hero and rightly so.
This is what Slimani has said today:
“I think I’m a goalscorer,”
“That’s what this team needs – it needs more goals –and that’s what I’ll try to do in my time here; score as many goals as I possibly can.”
“Competition exists in any team you play for, and having good, healthy competition is great for the team and also for the players individually, so I think it’ll be a good thing for me and the club.”
“They key thing here is staying up and fighting for the team – and that’s exactly what I want to do.”
“My objective is to make this team better, fight to remain in the Premier League. That’s what I joined this club for.”
Slimani shouldn’t worry about missing chances – we have lots of strikers who have done that for us this season.
The Algerian should look at it the other way – every goal he scores is a success and can help save us from relegation, and he can even end up our top scorer.
Joselu has four league goals and has missed quite a few easy chances – hopefully, Slimani can take those chances.
He is much more talented than any striker we have on the books this season including Mitrovic, who is now on loan at Fulham.
And he is also experienced internationally, and in the Premier League so hopefully, he can settle quickly at Newcastle.
It looks like Kenedy has done that and he was our star man against Burnley.
Just think of it – a perfect Kenedy cross comes over and Slimani heads the ball home.
The corner Kenedy sent over for Lascelles to head home was awesome.