• World Cup: Hervé Renard Reassures Fans about Nabil Dirar’s Injury

    By Morocco World News

    The national coach Hervé Renard reassured Moroccans Sunday about the injury of the right side Nabil Dirar. The international football player will be absent for the friendly match against Slovakia Monday in Geneva, just a few days before the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    “Dirar had a small calf alert and there is no point in taking unnecessary risks. We are ten days away from the competition and we must not use his assets,” Renard said during a press briefing at the Geneva stadium.

    According to the French coach, “it’s just a precaution to be in possession of all our strength on the D-day…. It’s better to leave him a few days off, and not let him play tomorrow to make sure he can get back in shape pretty quickly.”

    In anticipation of their friendly against the Slovakian team, the Atlas Lions performed a training session of about sixty minutes Sunday afternoon. “The very concentrated group made the final adjustments before the Monday game,” it was reported to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF).

    Mehdi Benatia’s teammates started their preparation for the World Cup with a draw against Ukraine (0-0). After the match against Slovakia, the national team will fly to Estonia where it will compete against the Estonian team on 9 June.

    Placed in Group B, the Atlas Lions will play their first game on June 15 in St. Petersburg against Iran. They will play their second group match against the Portuguese five days later on June 20 at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. The Lions will close their first-round experience on June 25 with a game against Spain in Kaliningrad.

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