Islam Slimani Not Taking Any Risks – Seperate Training Regimen In Spain


Islam Slimani is in Spain with the first team squad after Rafa made a late decision to include him.

But he is not training with the rest of the squad in Spain and instead he has a training plan that he is keeping with the help of one of the fitness coaches.

Rafa was interviewed from Murcia in Spain today, and he talked about the lads having a good first training session.

Islam Slimani – relaxing in Murcia, Spain today

Rafa was asked specifically about Slimani and this is what he said:

“He has a plan, he has to follow that plan.” “He is working with the fitness coach and he’s improving but he has to follow the plan.”

Slimani has been recovering from a thigh injury which he sustained in mid-January when he was training with Leicester City, but it’s been slow in healing.

It’s doubtful that he will play any part in the game against Royal Antwerp on Sunday which is split into three 45 minute segments – so every player on the trip can get some playing time.

Then we will have to wait and see if he Slimani is allowed to join the Algerian squad who are scheduled to play two friendly games during this upcoming International break.

Again, we would be surprised if he joins them for any length of time.

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.


16 comments so far

  • G

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Hoping he doesn’t play unless he’s a 100%, and I include both us, and Algeria in that statement. We may look more comfortable in the table this week, but we are not out of it yet, and may well need him.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Has anyone seen the squad yet? It will be interesting to see which youths have been taken. I know we’ve took that Spanish lad, but maybe Benitez is just being canny and giving him a chance to go home, see his folks.

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  • AncientC

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    I am not buying that Thauvin wasn’t happy at Newcastle. Thauvin seemed to be enjoying himself, plenty of French speakers to hang around with, and was involved in that banter with Mbemba wearing Tuxedo to training. The team was in poor form and Thauvin’s tux moment was picked out and preyed upon—unfairly.

    Everybody knew Thauvin was out of form when he signed for Newcastle anyway. Surely the whole idea was to bring him in—and based upon his potential—try to get him playing once again. It’s a travesty looking at Thauvin’s value now.

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  • G

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Not seen the full squad, although on NUFC.com they give a break down of those whom have been spotted as well as the 2 bods from kids set up. Not a complete list though by any stretch.

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  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Victor Fernandez is from Barcelona
    I don’t think Rafa would let him travel
    the 600 kilometres from Pinatar

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #6

    We’ve got nobody approaching Thauvin’s talent or Ben Arfa’s for that matter. A better manager than the Wally would have got more out of Thauvin and the rest of the squad. I’ve often said if Man Utd had suffered the same managers we’ve had they’d have struggled. It’s amazing we’re not in league one.

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  • hibbit

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #7

    The travesty by all accounts is we never put a sell on clause in the sale contract on his resale !!

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Oh well. It will still be nice for him to be in his homeland.

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  • posada

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Thauvin
    Was not interested and did not want to play for us.
    Accepted our contract for the money, but then wanted to be off back home.
    Almost as if he used the contract he signed to blackmail the club.

    Remember, Rafa did not want to keep him.
    We got most of our money back and were lucky to do so.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Rats Jib trust you to get that one in first I was going to say it’s a fair old drive about 6 hours. If he went for a days stay he would be away three days ha ha not a hope. His parents might come down and seem him though.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Looking back at those funny comments on sounds, great stuff. Thing is , he knows the game and I hear him a lot on the radio over here . He understands midfielders so well. But I think players just hate him! Incredibly bad appointment by us as blackburn were going to sack him

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail next time i am on a rafa whinge , just say two words…..souness and charva. I’ll be ok then 🙂

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  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #13

    AncientC
    I am not buying that Thauvin wasn’t happy at Newcastle.

    You don’t have to old chap.

    I’ve seen him twice being interviewed on Canal Plus
    and he said both times his head was not in the right
    place when he was here and he hated it.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #14

    I think it was evident that thauvin had latent talent but he faced an uphill struggle to acclimatise to the pl in limited time and under pressured circumstances, added to that he had McClarens bungling to deal with. I think that made him more than ready to leave when he was disposed of.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    I also think that while he was probably given the “stepping stone” spiel he desperately wanted to make an impression. Of course when he faltered in a malfunctioning team the crowd were less than happy with him, the tuxedo thing was used to portray him as a young upstart only interested in his image and well…that was that…tools down, bus ticket bought.

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Bournemouth leading our U23s 1-0

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