Morocco ease Man Utd fears over Sofyan Amrabat injury

Morocco head coach Walid Regragui has eased Manchester United’s fears over Sofyan Amrabat’s injury.

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Amrabat completed his season-long loan move from Fiorentina to United on the final day of the summer transfer window.

United will pay an initial £8.5 million (€10m) to sign Amrabat on loan and have an option to make the deal permanent for £21.4m (€25m).

Earlier this week, United were dealt a scare as Amrabat withdrew from Morocco’s squad ahead of their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia and their friendly against Burkina Faso.

But Regragui has confirmed that Amrabat’s absence is only a ‘precaution’. United are now hopeful that the midfielder will be available for their Premier League clash against Brighton next Saturday.

‘Sofyan Amrabat felt something and we let him go as a precaution, because he has just started his new adventure with Manchester United,’ Regragui said.

Speaking about United’s decision to sign Amrabat, Erik ten Hag said: ‘It was already, from the start of the season, one of my wishes to get another [number] six, a holding midfielder, in the squad because through the season you need that depth there.

‘In that position we only had Casemiro who can play really well there. With others we have to make compromises but, with Sofryan Amrabat, we have another one.

‘Also he can play alongside Casemiro because he can also play a little bit higher on the pitch. So it’s very good to have him and I think he fits very good to Premier League football, to Champions League football. I think the demands are strong.

‘He is very dynamic, he’s very good in the duels. So we are pleased that we have him at United and I think he will contribute to our high targets we set.’

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