Morocco forward Tarik Tissoudali will miss the 2022 FIFA World Cup due to an anterior cruciate ligament rapture he suffered during a Belgian league match on Saturday.
KAA Gent have confirmed that the 29-year-old will be out for at least six months.
Tissoudali was replaced against Sint-Truiden after just 31 minutes of their Jupiler Pro League encounter, which ended in a 1-1 stalemate.
“I played my last match for at least 6 months. Many dreams fall away, but Allah always has a better plan than my own plan,” Tissoudali said via a post on social media.
“I promise you I will come back even stronger. I wish my team every success this season and I will be there on the play-offs and will support Morocco at the World Cup,” he added.
Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco and Tunisia are the African teams who will be playing at this year’s World Cup finals.