Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has insisted that January window signing Islam Slimani is fine and is aiming to have the player ready for the side’s trip to Bournemouth in the Premier League.
The Algerian international is yet to feature for his new team since his loan move to St James’ Park towards the end of the transfer deadline window in January.
And when the Leicester City striker wasn’t even named on the bench for the match against Manchester United at the weekend, fears grew for the fitness of the player.
However, speaking in the Newcastle Chronicle the Spanish manager put aside those concerns and said:
“He’s fine, but still he was feeling it a little bit.
“And it’s a question now of waiting because we have 15 days before the next game, so we can keep working with him.”
The Magpies have found it difficult to find the back of the net this season.
Joselu and Perez are the club’s leading goalscorers with four each but with just 25 registered all this season, it is clear to see why Benitez’ side are in danger.
The 1-0 win against Manchester United at the weekend went some of the way to dispell the immediate danger of falling into the relegation zone but they now need to follow up on that result when they next play in the Premier League a week on Saturday against Bournemouth.
And with a little under two weeks to prepare Slimani, the club will be doing all they can to get their forward ready to feature for the side.
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