Manchester United summer signing Sofyan Amrabat has delivered potentially worrying news to Erik ten Hag after reportedly pulling out of the Morocco squad due to an injury issue.
The 27-year-old midfielder travelled with the national side for their upcoming games against Liberia and Burkina Faso but has now left the party and will not be involved in either game.
The Moroccan Federation website confirmed on their website that Yahya Jeeran will replace Amrabat in the squad.
However, it appears that Amrabat’s problem is not too serious, which will be some relief for Ten Hag.
Morocco coach Walid Regragui has seemingly taken the decision to replace him so he could get back to his full fitness ahead of his United debut against Brighton after the international break.
The Red Devils were linked with Amrabat for much of the summer but only managed to get a deal over the line on deadline day.
However, due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, they could only agree to a loan with an option to buy added into the deal.
Amrabat doubtful for Brighton clash
Amrabat was unable to make his United debut against Arsenal last time out because he was not registered in time, but the hope is that he will be able to play some part against the Seagulls.
The Moroccan is excited by the opportunity to play under Ten Hag again, with the pair having worked together at Dutch club Utrecht.
Amrabat’s older brother Nordin also enjoyed a spell himself in the Premier League with Watford and has told his sibling what to expect.
“Of course, [my brother and I] spoke about it,” he added. “He told me that he thinks that I have to go to the Premier League, it is the strongest league in the world. So now I’m here, I can’t wait.”