World Cup 2022: Morocco’s Tissoudali Ruled Out Through Injury
Morocco striker Tarik Tissoudali will miss the World Cup in Qatar after picking a knee injury.
The 29-year-old Gent player was substituted in their Jupiter Pro League 1-1 draw against Sint-Trude on Saturday.
He has won nine international caps over his career, having made his Atlas Lions debut at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
In a statement Gent said that the injury would sideline Tissoudali for six weeks.
“Tarik Tissoudali had an unfortunate fall during KAA Gent – STVV and was unable to continue. A scan would clarify the nature of the injury,” read the statement as translated from Dutch.
“The verdict is tough.He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Tarik is now awaiting a rehabilitation of at least 6 months. He will be operated on Friday.
“ Tarik sounds combative and will start his rehabilitation with great courage. The whole of KAA Gent wishes him a speedy recovery.”
Tissoudali scored his first goal for Morocco in 2022 World Cup play-off against DR Congo in what was just his fifth game with the team.
He had featured in four games for Morocco during the 2021 Afcon in Cameroon, after making his senior debut in Morocco’s 1-0 win over the Black Stars of Ghana on January 10, 2022, at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde.
Morocco have been drawn in Group F in Qatar alongside Belgium, Canada and Croatia.