Islam Slimani has had an injured thigh since he first arrived at Newcastle on loan in the final hours of last month’s transfer window.
While we were looking forward to him making his debut last Saturday at the Cherries. Rafa said in last Friday’s press conference that he had a setback in training a week yesterday and that he would be out for two to three weeks,
There’s a report in Le Buteur that his national team manager, Rabah Madjer, says Islam is expected to be part of the next Algeria squad for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia.
That’s followed by the friendly against Iran.
Islam Slimani – has thigh injury
The next two-week International break is the last two weeks of March starting after the weekend of March 17th.
It would be stupid if Rafa allows him to go off to play International football and have his thigh possibly go again.
It would mean that Islam had been out injured for six weeks at Newcastle and he goes off the play for Algeria?
The Tottenham game scheduled for Friday 16th March will be rearranged if Tottenham beat Rochdale in their FA Cup replay tonight.
That being the case it would mean Rafa would allow Islam Slimani go away on International duty without having kicked a ball (on loan) at Newcastle.
Let’s make this short – there’s just no way that’s going to happen.