Newcastle striker Islam Slimani did not play in Algeria’s 4-1 win over Tanzania in a friendly today.
He could play in the Tuesday friendly against Iran, but Newcastle are hoping he can return to Newcastle early next week.
He is still recovering from that slight thigh injury he had on January 31st when we signed him on loan from Leicester.
The Chronicle are reporting today that Newcastle’s back-room team think there is only an “outside chance” of Slimani being on the bench for the home game against Huddersfield.
Islam Slimani – unlikely to be available for the Huddersfield game
That’s a surprise, but the problem is the Algerian has been training alone and hasn’t been involved in any full training sessions with Newcastle.
He’s unlikely to be in the squad if that’s still the case a week tomorrow for the Huddersfield game.
If he misses out on the Terriers game which now seems likely, he cannot play at Leicester City on April 7th in our next game.
So the earliest he will be able to make his debut in the home game against Arsenal on Sunday, April 15th.
That’s a game we can win.
If there are any doubts at all about his fitness for Huddersfield, the best plan of action is not to play him in that game.
That’s so he has another two weeks to recover from the injury, and he can play in our final six league games of the season starting with Arsenal at home on Sunday 15th April.
What do you think?