Sofiane Boufal out of Morocco's African Nations Cup campaign through injury

09 January 2017 11:54

Morocco have confirmed Southampton midfielder Sofiane Boufal will not take part in the African Nations Cup because of injury.

The 23-year-old has been released from his country's training camp ahead of the friendly against Finland in the United Arab Emirates.

A statement on the Morocco Football Association website confirmed Boufal "left the gathering place of the team following confirmation of his injury by the medical staff", although there was no further information about what the injury was or the extent of the problem.

Morocco begin their African Nations Cup campaign against DR Congo on January 16, with the tournament in Gabon set to run until February 5.

Boufal joined Southampton from Lille in a club-record £16million transfer during the summer, but saw his debut delayed as he returned to full fitness.

The midfielder has so far made 15 appearances, the most recent in the 3-0 Premier League defeat at Everton on January 2, and has scored twice.

Source: PA