Adel Taarabt will on Monday undergo a medical examination on muscle inflammation suffered playing in the Champions League but is expected to still be available for Morocco’s two friendlies against Libya and Gabon this month.
The Benfica midfielder, who was recalled to the side last month, is already in Morocco for e two matches and is to be re-evaluated later on Monday by the federation’s medical department, but is expected to stay with the national team because the problem is not serious and could be overcome in the next days.
Benfica have already sent the Moroccan federation documentation regarding the inflammation, the result of muscle fatigue caused by physical overload.
In the coming days, Taarabt will not be able to train and will have to respect a treatment plan, the club said.
The 30-year-old offensive midfielder returned to play for Morocco last month after an absence of more than five years.
The injury was picked up in the 3-1 loss at Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League on Wedneday, where Taarabt played the entire 90 minutes.
(TheAtlasLions.com) 26 players have been selected for Morocco friendlies vs Libya and Gabon on Oct 11th and Oct 15th respectively
1.Yassine Bounou (Sevilla FC/ESP).
2.Munir Kajoui (Malaga FC/ESP).
3.Anas Zniti (Raja Club Athletic).
4.Hicham El Majhad (Ittihad Riadi Tanger).
5.Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade Reims/FRA).
6.Ghanem Saiss (Wolverhampton/GB).
7.Issam Chebbak (Yeni Malatyaspor/TUR).
8.Kevin Malcuit (SSC Napoli/ITA).
9.Jaouad El Yamiq (Genoa CFC/ITA)
10.Zouhair Feddal (Real Betis/ESP).
11.Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund/GER).
12.Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax Amsterdam/NED).
13.Hamza Mendyl (Dijon FC/FRA).
14.Selim Amallah (Standard de Liège/BEL).
15. Soufiane Amrabat (Hellas Verona/ITA).
16.Mehdi Bourrabia (US Sassuolo/ITA).
17.Ahmed El Massoudi (FC Groningen/NED).
18.Faiçal Fajr (Getafe/ESP).
19.Adel Taarabt (Benefica/POR).
20.Rachid Alioui (Angers SCO/FRA).
21.Noredine Amrabat (Nasr/KSA).
22.Ismail Haddad (Wydad Athletic Club).
23. Youssef En-Nesiry (Leganes/ESP).
24.Amine Harit (Schalke 04/GER).
25.Oussama Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar/NED).
26.Hakim Ziyach (Ajax Amsterdam/NED).