Newcastle United striker Islam Slimani is facing a race against time to be fit for the club’s clash against Manchester United on Sunday.
The Magpies play host to the side sitting second in the Premier League table knowing that defeat could see them slip into the relegation zone, with just one point and two places separating them from 18th places Stoke City in the first of the spots in the bottom three.
Having struggled with goals this season, Newcastle managed to secure the signing of Leicester City striker Slimani on a loan deal until the end of the season, but a thigh injury suffered while with the Foxes means he is yet to have appeared for the club, missing last week’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.
With just days before the showdown at St James’ Park, manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that the Algerian international is still having to prove his fitness, and will undergo last minute tests on Saturday to judge whether or not he will be able to take part.
He was quoted by the Chronicle’s Chris Waugh via his personal Twitter account as saying: “Gamez is getting better but still we have to wait.
“Diame is training. Clark is training after his knee problem.
“Slimani has been part of the training session so we will see. We have to see if he is feeling tomorrow to see if he can start.”
Rafa on injuries: "Gamez is getting better but still we have to wait. Diame is training. Clark is training after his knee problem. Slimani has been part of the training session so we will see. We have to see if he is feeling tomorrow to see if he can start". Joselu fine too #nufc
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) February 9, 2018
Newcastle were soundly beaten 4-1 by Jose Mourinho’s men during the reverse fixture back in November, and have struggled for wins since, with just two victories to their name across nearly three months.
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