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Morocco forward Tarik Tissoudali ruled out of finals in Qatar 2022 with injury

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Morocco forward Tarik Tissoudali has been ruled out of the World Cup in Qatar later this year after suffering a serious knee injury.

The 29-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee while playing for Gent on Saturday, and the Belgian club say he will be out for at least six months.

Tissoudali was forced off against Sint-Truiden after just 31 minutes of their Jupiler Pro League encounter, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Former Telstar and Beerschot player Tissoudali was born in the Netherlands but made his Morocco debut at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

He has won a total of nine caps and scored in both legs as the North Africans beat DR Congo 5-2 on aggregate in a play-off in March to secure their place at the World Cup.

The Atlas Lions have been drawn in Group F in Qatar alongside Belgium, Canada and Croatia.

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The World Cup kicks off on 21 November, with the final on 18 December.

-BBC

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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