Algerian star faces lengthy absence

Algerian star faces lengthy absence
Algeria international Youcef Atal

by Staff Reporter

Monday Dec 09, 2019. 11:00

Algeria international Youcef Atal could miss the remainder of the season after a meniscal injury in his knee that will require surgery.

His French Ligue 1 club Nixce made the announcement on Sunday after he was injured in the 4-1 home success over Metz the day before.

“Bad news for Youcef Atal and the Eagles. The diagnosis revealed a meniscal lesion in the right knee,” Nice said in a statement.

“He will be operated on soon and will unfortunately be out of action for a long time.”

Atal has been in good form for Nice this season under coach Patrick Vieira, and his absence will be a big blow.

He also played a starring role in helping Algeria to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title and now looks certain to miss the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in March.

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