Newcastle braced for 'stand-off' with Algeria over Islam Slimani comeback

Newcastle United are braced for a "country-versus-country standoff with Algeria over Islam Slimani, according to a report.

Thursday, 1st March 2018, 7:41 am
Updated Thursday, 1st March 2018, 9:00 am
Islam Slimani

Slimani, signed on loan from Leicester City last month, is yet to play a game for the club.

The 29-year-old – who arrived on Tyneside with a thigh injury – suffered a "setback" last month.

United manager Rafa Benitez hopes to have Slimani available for the March 31 home game against Huddersfield Town.

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However, Algeria have an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia on March 24 and a friend against Iran three days later.

And coach Rabah Madjer reportedly, according to the Daily Star, wants Slimani to link up with his international team-mates.

Benitez was cautious about a timescale on Slimani's return after last weekend's 2-2 draw against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.