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Halilhodzic denies Sevilla over En-Nesyri injury

The Morocco coach says it will not involve more than three weeks of treatment and wants the player to be present at the Arab Cup and Africa Cup of Nations
El delantero marroquí del Sevilla Youssef En-Nesyri celebra tras marcar un gol durante el partido de fútbol de la Liga española entre el Sevilla y el Rayo Vallecano en el estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán de Sevilla el 15 de agosto de 2021

AFP/CRISTINA QUICLER  -   Sevilla's Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri of Morocco celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish La Liga football match between Sevilla and Rayo Vallecano at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on August 15, 2021.

The national team breaks are adding more and more tension to relations between clubs and federations in different countries. Until FIFA and UEFA agree to reduce the number of matches for players and adjust the calendar, clubs will continue to fight to ensure that their workers are put at as little risk as possible in a shirt other than that of the team that pays them.  

Youssef En-Nesyri is carrying a hamstring injury in his left leg, which worsened before the derby against Betis. Sevilla's medical services announced a relapse and an injury that they did not put time on. The Andalusian club suggested in the media that the period could be extended to three months and that set off alarm bells in the Moroccan national team because the feeling towards the national team is something that is not easily understood in club football in Spain. 

Morocco does not trust him  

En-Nesyri travelled to the Mohammed VI centre in Rabat to see his country's medical services. This is something he had not done in the previous call-up. Morocco trusted Sevilla, but not now.  

"The player's state of health is being monitored in a professional manner at the Mohammed VI complex," explained coach Vahid Halilhodzic at a press conference.  

AFP/DANIEL ELOUMOU OLOMO
AFP/DANIEL ELOUMOU OLOMO - Team Morocco pose for a photograph before the African Nations Championship (CHAN) final football match between Morocco and Mali at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde, Cameroon, on February 7, 2021. 

But the surprise came when he denied the diagnosis of Sevilla's doctors. "His injury is completely opposite to what was promoted, and he does not need all this period of treatment, as he can play in just three weeks and will be ready to compete in the Arab Cup," the Serbian coach revealed. 

In case there were any doubts, he explained that "the medical staff of the Moroccan national team is watching his situation with great interest, and we are optimistic about his readiness". 

Unrest between club and national team 

This situation highlights Sevilla's unease with Morocco over the future of their internationals, who in the coming months will have to face the Arab Cup from 30 November to 18 December against Palestine, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia and then the Africa Cup of Nations from 9 January to 6 February 2021 with Ghana, Comoros and Gabon as their first opponents in the group stage.  

PHOTO/AP - Youssef En-Nesyri, jugador del Sevilla
PHOTO/AP - Youssef En-Nesyri, Sevilla player

The three-month diagnosis leaked by Sevilla was intended to allow En-Nesyri to recover from his injury in the Andalusian capital and save as many games as possible with his national team. Morocco have taken matters into their own hands and the controversy is not over because Bono, Munir and Idrissi are eligible for selection by Morocco for all upcoming competitions.