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Moyes’ Benrahma blow

David Moyes could be without Said Benrahma for a considerable period of time in 2021.

The Algeria international has been away on international duty, playing for his country as they have attempted to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.

He played a key role in the 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe, providing a superb, looping assist for Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez, who somehow controlled the ball with his heel before beating two defenders and finishing.

The draw means Algeria will be present at the tournament, which has been moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Football.London reports that the African Cup of Nations, originally scheduled to take place in June and July of 2021, will be held in January and February of 2022.

That’s slap bang in the middle of the Premier League season and Benrahma is almost certain to be a part of his international squad.

He has won six caps for his country and is a mercurial presence for the side.

Arthur Masuaku could have also been heading to the competition but DR Congo lost on penalties to Madagascar in a play-off game, meaning the left-back will be staying in east London in 2022.

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4 comments on “Moyes’ Benrahma blow

  1. Long way off just now. Lots can and will happen between now and then. Always good for players to be part of their national team – especially if they are a star. Sad ‘loss’ for us then but we gain in the long run.
    More concerned about Dean Ashton type ‘accidents’. That one left us struggling for three seasons. What might have been? Dean was brilliant until his injury. Lanzini has lost a bit since his misfortune on international duty.

    • Was it Harry who said that he was some times reluctant to sign African players as you can loose them from your squad for a considerable time for the ACN in January ..it’s nothing new Taffy..just annoying. .

  2. FIFA & UEFA are two organisations that football could do without.Do we really need to have international games when we are having a global pandemic?players coming back from fanless games & catching covid 19.Club football is the bread winner and to have a tournament during the playing season is bang out of order.Due to Blatter & co taking bribes from an oil rich nation we are going to have the same problem next year as well.The quality of our premership makes fanless football watchable but international and champions league is utterly boring and pointless till the fans return.

  3. All good. Masuaku has his priorities right. Benrahma’s salary paid by Algeria while he globe trots when not watching from our bench? Happy for both.

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