Manchester United suffer injury blow as Sofyan Amrabat pulls out of Morocco squad

Amrabat joined the Reds with less than half an hour of the transfer window remaining as Erik ten Hag sort to improve his midfield options. Initially, United had looked at now Liverpool man Ryan Gravenberch but chose to pivot to Amrabat late on.

The 27-year-old was pictured for the first time at Carrington this week as he conducted his media obligations and posed for pictures with his new manager. But, United fans may be in for a wait to see him in action.

In a statement on the Morocco FA&aposs website, they confirmed Amrabat had been replaced in their squad for the two international matches against Liberia and Burkina Faso by Yahya Gibran. The statement read: “Walid Regragui [head coach of Morocco] invited Yahya Gibran, a player for the Wydad Sports Club, to join the national team as it prepares for the two matches it will play against Liberia in Agadir and Burkina Faso in Lens, France.

“The national team coach, Mr. Walid Regragui, summoned the player, Yahya Jeeran, to replace the injured Sofiane Amrabat.”

Reports earlier this week suggested United picked up on a &aposminor back injury&apos during the defensive midfielder&aposs medical but it was not deemed to be serious, although United are yet to have confirmed this.

It is currently unknown how long Amrabat will be on the sidelines for. However, if it is for several weeks it is yet another blow for the Reds who are currently experiencing an injury crisis.

Kobbie Mainoo and Mason Mount are both out injured in midfield while Ten Hag is sweating over the fitness of Lisandro Martinez after he was forced off against Arsenal. Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia and Raphael Varane are also out with injuries.

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The transfer window will soon close and although United got their hands on three players well in advance of the September 1 deadline, with Rasmus Hojlund joining Mason Mount and Andre Onana at Old Trafford, activity has stalled since Hojlund&aposs announcement.

A goalkeeper, a midfielder and a striker were Erik ten Hag&aposs priorities heading into the summer window, but injuries early on in the season mean United are in need of further reinforcements.

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