After an intense course in the group stage, and a very close 8th against Spain, the Atlas Lions, qualified for the Quarter-finals on Tuesday, are beginning to take the fatigue.
Very demanding on the physical level during four very disputed matches, the men of Walid Regragui grit their teeth to overcome the injuries and continue their epic in Qatar.
The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 at 4 p.m. against Portugal, which means that time is running out and the recovery must be done as soon as possible.
It is the central hinge of the Lions which has been affected the most. The central defender, Nayef Aguerd, replaced in the 84th minute against Spain after being shot in the thigh, is the one who causes the most concern.
However, a source close to the medical staff of the Lions wanted to be reassuring. “It doesn’t seem too serious. But he won’t be 100% against Portugal, that’s for sure,” the source told the daily L’Equipe.
For his part, Romain Saïss, who ended the meeting with a thigh bandage, is determined to be there on Saturday. “If I finished the match, it should be fine. We are going to grit our teeth anyway, we have no choice, we are in the quarter-finals! “, said the captain of the national team.
Other players have also been dragging injuries since the start of the competition, but should continue to “ignore” them to continue the adventure. These include side Achraf Hakimi and Noussair Mazraoui and midfielder Sofyan Amrabat.