Newcastle forward Slimani training in Algeria

Newcastle United forward Islam Slimani has returned to Algeria to continue his training, and spend some time closer to his family.


Rafa Benitez had given permission to his players to have the weekend off as Newcastle are out of the FA Cup, and Slimani took the opportunity to fly to Algeria.

He took part in some training sessions on his own in Sidi Moussa; which is the training complex in Algeria where the national team trains.

Since making the move on loan from Leicester City on transfer deadline day, a thigh injury has prevented the striker from making his debut for the club.

With the Magpies out of all other Cup competitions, Slimani can only play ten matches for Newcastle, as he his unable to play against his parent club Leicester due to the loan rules.

The fact that Slimani took the initiative to go to Algeria and rehabilitate is a positive one, showing he is ready to work hard in order to get back to full fitness.

Newcastle travel to Bournemouth on Saturday, and the 29-year-old should be fit enough to be in the squad. His side are currently 13th in the Premier League table, but just two points above the relegation zone.

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