Newcastle United striker Islam Slimani has been pictured taking part in a solo training session in order to try and ensure he is fully fit ahead of the club’s clash with Bournemouth this upcoming weekend.
The Leicester City loanee, who arrived at St James’ Park until the end of the season in a deadline day deal in January, has been suffering with a thigh injury picked up while with the Foxes and has so far failed to make his debut.
Having been left out of the squad entirely against both Crystal Palace and Manchester United, he has been pictured by the Algerian Football Federation taking taking part in a solo training session in his home country, with the Newcastle squad having been handed a two day break from club duties during the two week gap between fixtures.
@NUFC’s two-day break:
– Nostaglic Atsu flew to Portugal to watch Porto take on Rio Ave
– Kenedy happy enough with his start to life at the St. James’ Park to get 'another' tattoo
– Slimani – battling with a thigh problem – back in Algeria to train alone.
Picture via FAF pic.twitter.com/A6Z7KkyMPu
— Tolu Olasoji (@Tollexrism) February 19, 2018
He will be hoping that the extra effort results in him being handed his debut away at the Cherries on Saturday, and will be battling both Dwight Gayle and Joselu for a place in the staring XI.
The 29-year-old Algerian international, who has 55 caps for his country, has made 35 Premier League appearances during his time with Leicester City, scoring eight goals.
This season saw him limited to just 12 league outings, two among the starting XI, before his move to Tyneside, with just the one top flight goal under his belt during the current campaign.
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