Rafa Benitez gave an update for Jonjo Shelvey and Islam Slimani during his press conference this afternoon for the game at home to Southampton tomorrow.
And it’s good news for Jonjo Shelvey – he may even start tomorrow although he could also start on the bench.
Shelvey has been training with the first team squad and could be OK for tomorrow’s game against Southampton – so that’s good news.
Islam Slimani – may not be fit for Huddersfield game
But Rafa believes that Islam Slimani could be fit for the game on March 31st at home to Huddersfield – but he doesn’t guarantee that.
This is some of that Rafa has said today during his press conference:
“Jonjo’s been training, but we have to be careful with him,” “We have to decide for tomorrow.”
“I was talking with Slimani two or three days ago and half an hour ago,””He’s improving and doing well.”
“I don’t want to say the Huddersfield game for his debut, but in terms of time, maybe.”
If Islam is not fit to play against Huddersfield what is going on?
That would mean he can play only five games for us if he doesn’t make the Terriers game because he cannot play against Leicester.
We signed him on January 31st with a (slight) thigh injury and if he’s not fit for Huddersfield that would mean he’s been out injured 59 days since we signed him on loan.
That’s not good.