Just…panic. Slimani, the striker who was injured in the final moments of Algeria’s dramatic elimination – fell in the final seconds of extra time against Cameroon – and thus after his World Cup exit in Qatar, he was not seriously injured and must be reinstated. Lyon’s team in training on Friday – that was expected to happen today, but, like Coates and Ugarte, who were also in international engagements, the “return” to action at the academy has been postponed by 24 hours.
The 33-year-old Algerian, who played 120 minutes of the match – the last time he set that record in a match in December 2015, in the last 16 of the Portuguese Cup, in a duel with SC Braga – presented with muscular effort, which is a problem, At the moment, next Sunday’s match, in Alvalade, against Pacos de Ferreira, does not call into question.
And if there are few (or no) reasons to celebrate at a collective level, Slimani returns to Alcochet with a strong motivation from the Algerian fans who, incidentally, did not spare the internationals during this painful defeat against Cameroon. (1-2). The criticism came from all sides and almost all focused on most media players. The Leonine striker was, by far, the most salvageable, in fact receiving praise on social media, for his performance and determination in the double-header with Cameroon. Having scored the only goal in the first leg, Slimani was one of the most resentful people in the decisive confrontation – he scored two goals that had to be canceled by VAR – and coach Jamal Belmadi praised him as well. Also by the Algerian people.
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