Islam Slimani is yet to make his debut for Newcastle United.
Signed on loan from Leicester on deadline day, the striker arrived carrying a thigh injury.
After defeating Manchester United, Rafa Benitez said that Slimani had been close to being involved but he had erred on the side of caution.
That has served Rafa well so far this season, as his cautious approach has helped Newcastle to have one of their best seasons in a long time when it comes to avoiding long-term injuries.
Fans expect Islam Slimani to be a certain starter against Bournemouth on Saturday, as despite beating Manchester United in the last game, up front the team still looked weak.
Despite that, the 29 year old still expects to have a fight to get into the side.
With a top scorer on only four goals after 27 Premier League games have passed, I am pretty confident he will play.
Rafa Benitez said he didn’t think a break away on the continent would be the best preparation for Saturday, probably for the best when you see the Alan Pardew mess at West Brom.
Instead, the Newcastle boss thought it best to combine some training on Tyneside combined with a little more time for players to spend with their families.
Islam Slimani has combined the two things and with Rafa’s permission, travelled back to Algeria to visit family, but it is also a working holiday.
DZ Football revealing that the striker is back in Algiers and is having his own warm weather training sessions at Sidi Moussa which is where the Algerian national side train.
Even in Algeria it is only 16 degrees on this Monday morning, though that is at least double the 8 degrees we have on this rainy Tyneside morning.
Everything crossed that his working holiday does the business, if Islam Slimani can have the same impact as Dubravka and Kenedy have had, then it would fill a massive hole in Newcastle’s team. You have to go back to 23 December and the 3-2 win at West Ham, for the last time Newcastle managed to score more than once in a Premier League match.
‘Newcastle United forward Islam Slimani has returned to Algeria to continue his training, and spend some time closer to his family.
Rafa Benitez had given permission to his players to have the weekend off as Newcastle are out of the FA Cup, and Slimani took the opportunity to fly to Algeria.
He took part in some training sessions on his own in Sidi Moussa; which is the training complex in Algeria where the national team trains.
The fact that Slimani took the initiative to go to Algeria and rehabilitate is a positive one, showing he is ready to work hard in order to get back to full fitness.’