Newcastle United striker Islam Slimani’s injury blow is “not serious” but may still miss out on playing for Algeria in their friendly clash against Iran on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old forward has not featured for the Magpies since his loan move from Leicester City during the January transfer window, having been suffering with a groin injury picked up while with the Foxes.

Despite his lack of playing time at club level, he was called up to the Algeria squad for the current international break, but may continue to miss out on playing, although his international coach has handed Newcastle a major boost by confirming he is only a minor doubt.

Assistan manager Djemal Menad told African Football: “Brahimi and Slimani? I do not think they will be attacking but we’ll see by Tuesday.

“Brahimi’s injury is not serious, but it requires rest. Same thing for Slimani but we will see what will happen.”

Slimani has made just 17 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring five goals for Leicester before his absence, and it appears there could be an outside chance of him featuring for Newcastle’s clash against Huddersfield on Saturday.

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Football Insider verdict

It seemed strange that despite having an injury Slimani was called up to the Algeria side but at least they have not risked him by putting him out on the pitch. It is good news to hear he is only a minor doubt and being around the international squad will have helped with his recovery. Now he needs to focus everything on the Magpies and if he can get some game time against Huddersfield it would be a boost for both him, the team, and the Toon Army. Some added firepower is all Newcastle have been calling out for and after a bitterly disappointing start to his career at St James’ Park, it is time for him to deliver.

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