BREAKING: Benitez delivers big update on Islam Slimani during Huddersfield press conference

Speaking to the press today ahead of tomorrow’s game at St James’ Park, Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Islam Slimani WILL be in the squad to face Huddersfield tomorrow.

He also confirmed that Joselu will miss out with an ankle injury and that Matt Ritchie will be ‘fine’ to play, but the big news is that Leicester loanee Islam Slimani is finally in line to make his first appearance for the club.

Here’s what Rafa’s had to say on the injury front in the last few moments, confirming that Slimani will be in the squad for tomorrow’s big game:

“Ritchie had a little problem but have done the tests & he is fine. Slimani is also fine so he is fine. Joselu has twisted his ankle so he will be out for a week or so. Gamez & Elliot are back & the rest of the team is fine”

“We had a fitness plan (for Slimani), we were in contact with the federation & it was a good idea for everyone that he played some minutes. It is good for his confidence & he is in the squad for tomorrow”

This is great news for fans heading to St James’ hoping to see a glimpse of the Algerian striker, with it likely that he’ll make a late appearance from the bench.

It also suggests that he’s looked relatively sharp in training over the last two days, with Rafa unlikely to select him if he was looking way off the pace (which his Algeria cameo suggested).

Here’s a round up of some of the other quotes from Rafa during today’s press conference, including comments on Huddersfield, Kenedy and the mood ahead of tomorrow’s game:

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