Hakim Ziyech withdraws from Morocco squad after agreement with Chelsea

Hakim Ziyech has withdrawn from Morocco’s squad and returned to Chelsea after an agreement between the two parties’ medical teams.

Some Chelsea fans were understandably unhappy when the 27-year-old got the Morocco call-up for two friendly fixtures against Senegal and DR Congo despite his recent knee injury.

But thanks to his international trip, Ziyech may be ready to make his Chelsea debut in Saturday’s home game against Southampton.

Ziyech bagged a brilliant set-piece assist and,  most importantly, precious minutes under his belt in his second-half cameo against Senegal.


Not only that, Morocco FA (FRMF) has confirmed that Ziyech has left the national team and will not be part of their squad for their match against DR Congo on Tuesday.

“Hakim Ziyech left the national team camp to join his team to continue his treatment program as he was previously agreed between the medical staff of the national team and the Chelsea team,” the statement from FRMF’s official website reads.

Ziyech himself has teased the fans ahead of his potential debut with an Instagram post.

Unfortunately, Edouard Mendy who could have been part of the Senegal team against Morroco suffered a thigh injury during training.

The goalkeeper has returned to London for further tests but would likely miss the Southampton game.

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