North-East reporter offers big fitness update on Islam Slimani ahead of Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace

According to North-East correspondent Craig Hope, Islam Slimani’s thigh injury is not as serious as first reported, with him stating that there’s an outside chance that he could be involved in Sunday’s game at Crystal Palace.

It was suggested by Sky that the Leicester loanee could face two weeks out, meaning he’d miss Palace away and Man Utd at home next weekend, however the Mail’s Craig Hope has delivered some positive news on the strikers his fitness –

To say Palace away on Sunday is crucial would be an understatement, so Slimani’s presence in the squad would be a handy boost for Benitez and the boys.

Here’s what Craig had to say on Slimani’s injury situation:

Given Joselu’s lack of composure in front of goal cost us two points against Burnley, it would’ve been a huge boost to have Slimani ready to start on Sunday. It seems he’ll be on the bench at best, however his potential first start as an NUFC player against Man Utd next weekend would give him some introduction to life at St James’ Park.

Rafa will be facing the press later today so we’ll get a better idea of Slimani’s injury situation then.

Here’s hoping! Time’s running out and we need him.

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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