59-year-old Algeria coach Rabah Madjer has called up Islam Slimani for the Algerian squad for two (meaningless) friendlies against Tanzania and Iran.
The worry is that he will either train too hard and injure himself again or be played in one of the two friendlies and further aggravate his thigh strain, which is taking some time to heal.
That’s a concern because it’s happened too many in the past when a player goes away on International duty with only a slight injury and returns with the injury a lot worse.
But the Algerian coach Madjer is at least saying the right thing today.
Islam Slimani – in Algeria’s colors
Here’s what Madger has said as quoted in the Chronicle today:
“Islam trains normally, but if there is a risk, if he can not play, we will preserve it for his interest and the interest of his club.”
It seems the quote has come from Ben Dinnery on his Twitter account:
Rabah Madjer confirms Newcastle striker Slimani will not play against Tanzania or Iran if he is not 100 per cent fit. “Islam trains normally, but if there is a risk, if he can not play, we will preserve it for his interest and the interest of his club,” the #ALG coach said. #NUFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) March 20, 2018
We hope when Slimani does return to Newcastle from International duty he is fit to play against Huddersfield Town on March 31st.
But with him being away during the International break he will likely not start against the Terriers.
What do you think?