Rafa Gives Strange Update On Islam Slimani

There’s news in the Chronicle today with Rafa giving an update on Islam Slimani.

He’s been training with a fitness coach all week in Murcia, and he will not be playing tomorrow.

But the strange thing is that he’s still going to link up with the Algerian squad – but surely he cannot be playing for them in either of the two friendlies they have lined up.

Islam Slimani – will not play tomorrow

This is what Rafa has said about the on-loan striker today:

“He was not training with the team so he will not be part of the team tomorrow.”

He will (almost certainly) not play for Algeria but what we are worried about is if he trains with the Algerian squad – and whether they will go easy on him.

The very last thing we want to have happen is that his thigh muscle goes again – that would be disastrous for Newcastle.

It would also be very frustrating for the player.

So let’s hope that Rafa will get some real assurances from Algerian coach Rabah Madjer, who was appointed last October into that position.

Rafa had said this yesterday about the Algerian when it was still undecided whether he could play tomorrow:

“The point is that if he can be involved, he will be closer. If not, we have to wait and see what happens with the national team.”

“He has to go there, they have to check him. They know our plan, our program.”

“It’s just to follow this program, and if he can’t play here, they have to decide if he’s available there.”

“They have the plan already. Our doctor is in contact with them. We’ll see how he feels these two days, and after we’ll be monitoring him every day.”

“The plan is to see how he feels tomorrow. If he cannot play, he will go with the national team.”

Our other two loan players Martin Dubravka and Kenedy have been in excellent form for us and have played in the two home wins we have in the last four games.

And we are expecting that Slimani can still make a big difference up front when he finally makes his debut for Newcastle – hopefully, at home against Huddersfield two weeks today.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Veltman

    Mar 17, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Not biggest fan of Slimani and never rated him.
    And topple that with coming as a crock.
    Waste of space.

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 17, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2


    Jib …….. If you say ” GULLIBLE” slowly it sounds like “ORANGES”

    I do have access to a foolproof test to determine whether you are gullible or not . It will cost you £150 but I think it’s worth it.

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #3

    lesh (from last night)

    I’ve come across David Lindley before and I just cannot get enthused by him. He’s a fantastic lap steel guitarist and plays those incredible looking stringed instruments brilliantly. I can appreciate him but I won’t be buying one of his albums.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #4

    To all the long term posters, I’ve enjoyed your reminiscing its been good to read. I’ve only been posting a couple of months and reading about 18 months but even in that time I’ve seen bloggers come and go. Maybe this is a good opportunity to send some love to posters who are missed and encourage them to come back?

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #5


    Now that made me laugh.

  • jane

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Barnsley v Millwall playing now. if Barnsley win Sunderland will be 8 points from safety.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ll start – where are expatmag and sparky55? Come back fellas, we miss your input

  • jane

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Eriksen and Lamela are class.

  • jane

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #9

    where are G2 and Welshie? don’t come back fellas, we don’t miss your moaning.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #10

    I miss WW… and tads

  • Veltman

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Like that word gullible bettys.It applies firmly for that guy and some on here 😉

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Jane not sure your comment is in keeping with the spirit of the exercise. I for one do miss G2. Harumph!

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #13

    If his injury is made worse while training with the Algeria squad then aren’t we due compensation from the Algerian FA to cover his wages for the rest of the season?

  • jimnufc

    Mar 17, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Anyone watching Mitro


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