Islam Slimani takes a big step towards his Newcastle debut

Islam Slimani's back on the pitch ahead of Huddersfield Town's visit to St James's Park.
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Islam Slimani

The striker, signed on loan from Leicester City, is yet to make his debut for Newcastle United.

Slimani has been recovering from a thigh injury since joining the club in the January transfer window.

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United manager Rafa Benitez left him out of the club's friendly against Royal Antwerp in Spain earlier this month.

However, Slimani – who suffered a setback in his recovery last month – still linked up with Algeria.

Slimani sat out the first game against Tanzania, but he came off the bench against Iran in Austria this evening.

The 29-year-old was a 64th-minute substitute at the Merkur Arena in Graz.

Benitez hopes that Slimani will be available for Saturday's home game against Huddersfield.

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