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Morocco's Amrabat pulls out of Nations Cup with injury
January 7, 2017 / 8:32 AM / a year ago

Morocco's Amrabat pulls out of Nations Cup with injury

RABAT (Reuters) - Nordin Amrabat has been replaced in the Moroccan squad for the African Nations Cup finals by Omar El Kaddouri, the Morocco Football Federation confirmed on Saturday.

Britain Football Soccer - Watford v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League - Vicarage Road - 1/1/17 Watford's Nordin Amrabat in action with Tottenham's Danny Rose Reuters / Eddie Keogh/ Livepic/ Files

The Watford winger limped off in the second half of last Sunday’s 4-1 home loss to Tottenham and, after medical examinations, was ruled out of the tournament in Gabon, which starts next weekend.

The 26-year-old Belgian-born El Kaddouri has won 22 caps for Morocco, having first made his debut in 2013.

Morocco open their Nations Cup campaign against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Group C in Oyem on Jan. 16. They have a warm-up international against Finland in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by John O'Brien

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