Newcastle fans react on Twitter as Islam Slimani ruled out for two weeks

Islam Slimani
Islam Slimani

Ahead of Newcastle United’s crucial Premier League clash against Bournemouth on Saturday, Rafael Benitez has confirmed that January signing Islam Slimani has suffered another injury set back.

The 29-year-old joined the Magpies in the January transfer window on loan, and he is yet to make an appearance for the Tyneside club.

Now Benitez has confirmed that he will be without the Algerian international for the journey to the south coast. The Spaniard added that he will be out for at least a couple of weeks, and that he arrived at the club carrying an injury already.

“Almost everybody is available apart from Jesus Gamez, and Slimani had a set-back the other day, so he will not be available,” said Benitez, as quoted by the Chronicle.

“It will at least be a couple of weeks, we have to be careful with him because he had a problem when he arrived. We knew he was carrying a small injury, he’d had little problems but in the last day he had to stop and check again.”

Slimani returned to his home country for extra training but it seems he won’t be available until the home clash against Southampton.

Newcastle fans have vented their frustration on social networking site Twitter, with many putting the blame on the management for signing an injured player.

What has been more frustrating is that Aleksandar Mitrovic has been sent on loan without being given a fair chance this season. On top of that, the club took a gamble on an injured player.

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