Achraf Hakimi ruled out for the season after metatarsal break

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The Borussia Dortmund and Morocco full-back will not feature again this term, putting his Africa Cup of Nations participation in doubt

Achraf Hakimi will be sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering a metatarsal break during Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday, the German giants have confirmed.

On Monday, the Bundesliga leaders announced on Twitter that the Real Madrid loanee will return to Madrid for an operation, and will play no further part in their title challenge.

Dortmund are currently two points clear of Bayern Munich after 27 matches.

Champions League winner Hakimi is coming to the end of the first season of his two-year loan deal from the Spanish heavyweights, and has played 21 times in the league, scoring twice and providing four assists.

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The 20-year-old appeared set for his Africa Cup of Nations debut with Morocco in three months, but his participation in the continental showpiece - scheduled to start in Egypt in June - is now in serious doubt.

Despite predominantly featuring on the right side of Dortmund's defence this season, Hakimi has mainly been used on the right side of the Atlas Lions' defence by Herve Renard, with Noussair Mazraoui or Nabil Dirar used on the right.

Hakimi's absence could (re)open the door for Schalke 04 left-back Hamza Mendy, who's made just seven Bundesliga starts so far this term.

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