By 90Min
March 15, 2018

Newcastle fans have blasted the decision made by Algeria to call up their injured loan striker Islam Slimani to international duty.

The 29-year-old is yet to feature for his temporary club as he nurses a a calf problem, but that hasn't put off Rabah Madjer from selecting the hitman, who has a decent record of just under a goal every two games for his country.

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Slimani is targeted for a return to action against Huddersfield on March 31, but the Magpies 'aren't overly confident' he will be fully ready for the game, with his fitness still being monitored as reported by the Northern Echo.

The decision has been greeted with confusion and anger by Newcastle fans, who are worried the Leicester man will suffer a setback if he features.

Slimani has not played for two months and even if he recovered in time he is surely lacking match fitness to warrant selection.

Slimani joined the Toon Army in January as a result of being way behind in the pecking order at the King Power Stadium.

Despite costing a club record £28m, the former Sporting CP star has failed to make himself a regular, while Jamie Vardy has continued as the undisputed number one striker, with Shinji Okazaki or Kelechi Iheanacho as his partner.

Algeria face Tanzania and Iran over the international break and Magpies supporters will be praying they don't hear off Slimani getting any game time - Newcastle sit in a decent position in the league table five points clear of safety, but they are not out of trouble just yet and may have to call on their loan star.

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