Injury updates: Islam Slimani and Cédric Soares

There was cause for concern for Sporting fans when Islam Slimani was taken off injured during international duty of Algeria against Ethiopia. However, the 69th minute substitution of the forward does not seem to be too serious as he has not returned to the club for treatment and may even feature again for Algeria in their game against Mali on Wednesday. Should his knock prove to be more serious Fredy Montero is likely to start against Belenenses on Sunday.

Elsewhere Cédric Soares is being reevaluated today as it seems the right-back hasn’t recovered from his injury in time for this weekend and may even be rested just to make sure he is fit for the Champions League game against Maribor next Wednesday. Should he fail to make the Belenenses game it’s likely Ricardo Esgaio will keep his place after playing well previously against Benfica.

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