Slimani Called Up By Algeria And Another Club vs Country Controversy Is Brewing

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?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    If the call up had been for any sort of FIFA
    qualifier the club would have been hogtied
    I think FIFA cut clubs a bit of extra slack if the
    call ups are just for friendlies.

  • Mag52

    Mar 15, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s a bit of a worry that he passed his medical for us when he joined on the last day of the window. Granted we were aware that he had a ‘slight’ thigh injury, but I’m thinking that Leicester might have known it was more serious than appeared, possibly a recurrence of an old problem, and that is why it was all rushed through at the last minute on the final transfer day.

  • JohnJ

    Mar 15, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    It’ll be criminal if Slimani has to travel to Algeria (I presume) to be assesed by the Algerian medical team It must seem obvious to anyone who has eyes & ears that Slimani has not played for Newcastle United since he was signed on loan on 31st January 2018. It little bit of common sense needs to be shown here!!!

  • posada

    Mar 15, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    By our next game he will have been at the club for 8 weeks.
    That’s long enough to get over all but the worst thigh injuries.
    If he is not fit by then it must be assumed he has a serious underlying problem.

  • JohnJ

    Mar 15, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    I see Michael Owen is at it again – what a disappointment he was!!!

  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #6


    If you think Southampton appointing Ralph Krueger (who was born in Germany but has spent all his adult life involved in ice hockey) as Chief Exec’s a strange one, the type of appointment one might expect of say a Chinese owner, you’ve overlooked our forward thinking owner appointing a casino manager in the form of Llambias.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 15, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #7

    If Slimani has even a slight doubt over his fitness, he should not travel. If, however, he is now back in full training and would have been playing this weekend had we had a game, then surely a friendly match with his country would be a good way of gaining some match fitness ahead of our run-in?


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