Newcastle United striker Islam Slimani will be sidelined for a further two weeks, after suffering a fresh injury setback.
The Algerian international, who joined the Magpies on transfer deadline day earlier in the year, has been suffering from a thigh problem since making the move on loan from Leicester City.
Slimani was hoping to be involved in the upcoming Premier League match against Bournemouth and even travelled back to Algeria to take part in some extra training.
However, manager Rafa Benitez has revealed in his pre-match press conference that the 29-year-old will be out of action for the next two weeks.
“Slimani had a setback the other day, so he will not be available. It will be at least a couple of weeks. We have to be careful with him, because he had a problem when he arrived.”
The news comes as a big blow to the Algerian international, who had been working really hard to return to full fitness, but Slimani is remaining positive.
This new injury lay-off also means that Algeria manager Rabah Madjer may not be able to select him for the next round of fixtures for the national team, especially with the immense form of Al Sadd forward Baghdad Bounedjah.
There are only ten matches left this season that Slimani can feature in, but now time is running out for him to make a big mark with his new club in England.