Algeria have called up Newcastle striker Islam Slimani after he has not played football since January and has still to make his debut for Newcastle.
The Northern Echo are reporting today that Rafa is still not decided whether to take the Leicester City man along on the four-day trip to Spain today.
But the latest is that Rafa is siding towards taking the 29-year-old striker.
The Algerian coach Rabah Madjer has called Islam into the Algeria squad for the games with Tanzania and Iran.
Both of these games are friendlies and mean nothing.
Islam Slimani – still injured
Rafa said last week that he wasn’t even sure that Slimani would be fit for the game against Huddersfield on March 31st.
So it seems Newcastle have every right to let the Algerian coach know he’s still injured and cannot play during the International break.
It would be almost criminal if he joins the Algerian squad and comes back injured – that could mean his debut for Newcastle could be delayed even further.
And that’s happened before with Newcastle players when they are slightly injured and they come back from an International break crocked.
Newcastle are nearly always the big losers in these controversies.
We expect Rafa to object to Slimani even joining up with the Algerian squad although they will argue they need to check out his long-term injury.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Slimani in the next week or so.
We need the Algerian striker for the rest of the season and he can play in 7 of our remaining games.
What do you think?