Newcastle United striker Islam Slimani is facing a race against time to be fit against Huddersfield as his injury blow could keep him from making his debut until mid-April, according to a report.

The Chronicle claim on their website that the 29-year-old, who arrived on Tyneside from Leicester City on a season long loan in January, is in with an outside chance of featuring against the Terriers on Saturday 31st March, having been ruled out of action with a groin strain since signing.

He was missing from Algeria’s international friendly against Tanzania on Thursday and the club are said to be hoping he does not feature in Tuesday’s exhibition clash against Iran, giving him the chance to make the substitutes’ bench at St James’ Park four days later.

However, if he does fail to prove his fitness, then Slimani will be out of action until the visit of Arsenal in mid-April, as he is unable to feature against parent club Leicester in Newcastle’s away visit on the 7th.

Football Insider verdict

After the disappointment of the January transfer window, Newcastle fans would have been dying to see Slimani get onto the pitch, but so far they have been bitterly disappointed. Knowing that they may have to wait another three weeks to see him feature will not only be frustrating, but could have a major part to play in the relegation battle the club are currently embroiled in. Dwight Gayle and Joselu have hardly set the Premier League on fire and the club desperately need someone to fire in the goals to keep them safe for another season. Slimani was meant to be that man, and he could have just six games to live up to expectation.

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