Slimani set for short spell on sidelines

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Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has revealed Islam Slimani will definitely miss Wednesday's Coupe de la Ligue tie while he is also a doubt for Sunday.

Algeria international Slimani joined the French outfit on a season-long from Leicester City this summer, his third loan since January 2018, and he has made a fantastic start to life at Stade Louis II, scoring five goals from eight Ligue 1 appearances.

The 31-year-old, who still has a contract with the Foxes until the summer of 2021, was handed his eighth league start in Friday’s 1-0 victory at Nantes, in which Wissam Ben Yedder scored the only goal to help his side climb to 11th position in the standings.

Slimani was replaced in the 80th minute of the contest and Jardim has now confirmed the striker will be unavailable for the last-32 Coupe de la Ligue clash at home to Marseille after picking up a groin issue, an injury that has cropped up numerous times during his career.

He said at his press conference: “Slimani has an adductor issue, he will not be able to play Wednesday and maybe Sunday too.”

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Slimani’s absence on Wednesday will not be felt that much as Jardim confirmed he was going to rotate half of his starting XI, but potentially missing Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash at Saint-Etienne will be of big concern to the head coach.

If the Algerian remains sidelines, it is expected either Keita Balde, who came on for the final 10 minutes of that win over Nantes, or Jean-Kevin Augustin will take his place.

Speaking about the forward options, Jardim added: “The squad has quality and we can count on Keita Balde and Jean-Kevin Augustin.”

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