Rafa has just given his press conference this afternoon for the tough game at home to Manchester United on Sunday, and the main item is that it seems Slimani is still not fully fit.
Slimani will have a fitness test tomorrow to see if he can play on Sunday.
Ciaran Clark has returned to training following his knee injury picked up last weekend.
This is some of what Rafa has said about the team and the game on Sunday afternoon against the Red Devils:
“You can’t complain about the work-rate. We have to improve on the finishing
“We were doing well and scored first. But you can’t make mistakes. It is obvious and everybody knows that. We have the same problem of teams at the bottom have.”
“You can lose four or five games in a row. One bad result changes everything.”
“I was watching the TV and they were analyzing tactics of Huddersfield and Burnley playing defensively. The tactics depend on the team and we will try our best.”
“When you have to defend you do it, and after you attack.”
“Gamez is getting better but still we have to wait. Diame is training. Clark is training after his knee problem.”
“Slimani has been part of the training session so we will see. We have to see if he is feeling tomorrow to see if he can start. Joselu fine too.”
“Man United were very good better and they are a little better now with Alexis Sanchez. They have a lot of money and are a very good team.”
“We know where we are and we have to compete with the tools we have.”
Each manager has his own tactics and his own team depending on the opponents. We are not a defensive team, we are a team that has to defend.”
“We will try to do our best to win against Man United.”
Only about one in four fans think we can win this game on Sunday.