Manchester United manager Walid Regragui has revealed that midfielder Sofyan Amrabat missed the recent games against Ivory Coast and Liberia with an injury.
The 27-year-old joined the Red Devils from Fiorentina on loan on transfer deadline day last month, but he was absent for the first few games due to a back problem.
Amrabat was ever-present in the starting line-up heading into the international break, but he could be doubtful to face Sheffield United after the latest update.
Speaking before the 3-0 win over Liberia yesterday, Regragui revealed that Morocco were aware that Amrabat was carrying an injury before the start of the camp.
“We will not hide behind absences, because we knew about Sofyan Amrabat’s absence before the start of the camp,” he told reporters via AlMaghreb24.
“Amrabat can get injured at any point, we must find a solution and alternative, and we have players capable of filling the void that Sofyan will leave.
“With Amrabat with us, there is always an addition, just like what happens to the Egyptian national team in the event of Mohamed Salah’s presence or absence.”
Meanwhile, in a separate update after the game, Regragui revealed that Amrabat had a little back problem and the decision was made to send him back to United.
He added: “[Amrabat] has a little back problem. Having him travel with his back and risking a serious injury, it was smarter to leave him in his club like at the last rally, plus he has just won his place. The matches coming up in Nov and for the CAN will be much more important.”
Man Utd will be hoping Amrabat is fit for restart
Amrabat had a disruptive start to his United career with a back problem. He made his debut in late September, but was forced to play as a left-back due to an injury crisis.
The €30 million-rated star could get a regular run from midfield in the coming weeks, but this depends on his condition. Regragui has claimed that he was nursing a minor issue within the camp.
Regragui made the right decision to send Amrabat back in advance and we should get an update on his fitness during the pre-match press conference ahead of the Sheffield United game.
Meanwhile, Casemiro also picked up a knock to his ankle during the international break, but he managed to recover in time for Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay last night.
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