Earlier on Friday night, it was confirmed by Manchester United that new signing Sofyan Amrabat has withdrawn from the Moroccan squad due to an injury.
With so many injuries already for manager Erik Ten Hag to ponder over, he must have been left majorly concerned when Moroccan manager Walid Regragui called up Yahya Jabrane to replace the new midfielder.
However, in a recent video that has come to light, Regragui has confirmed that Amrabat was merely withdrawn as a precaution. He said:
"“Sofyan Amrabat felt something, and we let him go as a precaution because he has just started his new adventure with Manchester United.”"
This comes as a huge sigh of relief for United, as they are already missing Mason Mount and Kobbie Mainoo in midfield as fixtures after the international break come thick and fast as the Champions League commences.
It was reported earlier in the week by The Athletic that a minor back issue had popped up in Amrabat’s medical, but is not believed to be serious.
The withdrawal from his national side should give the player a few extra days of integrating into the city of Manchester and the training ground. More importantly, it gives him plentiful time to meet up with some of his new teammates.
Much praise should also be directed to the Moroccan manager for being so cautious with Amrabat, who was a key player in the side’s incredible run in the 2022 Qatar World Cup tournament.