Newcastle United are concerned about Algeria manager Rabah Madjer wanting to call up striker Islam Slimani to the national team for the upcoming friendlies against Tanzania and Iran.
British newspaper The Daily Star report that the Magpies want to be reassured that Slimani will come back fit and not make his injury worse, and Rafa Benitez is concerned that the 29-year-old could return injured.
Slimani joined Newcastle on loan from Leicester City for £2million until the end of the season, and the Toon are paying his wages. However, his thigh injury has not healed as quickly as first thought and the Algerian has yet to feature for his new Premier League club.
There are just nine matches left that Slimani can feature in for Newcastle, as he cannot play against his parent club Leicester, meaning he may not even play for them until as late as the 31st of March.
Algeria and Madjer will come under more criticism for selecting a striker who has scored just one league goal all season, and Slimani has made just a handful of appearances in the 2017/18 season.
Baghdad Bounedjah and Lamine Abid should be vying to start up front for the Desert Foxes at the end of the month.