Algerian international midfielder Mourad Meghni will not be in Algeria’s final World Cup squad after being informed that his knee injury has not sufficiently healed and will require surgery despite the great lengths that both the player and the Fennecs medical team went to in order to give him a chance of recovering in time.
Meghni spoke to Arryadhia immediately after the announcement was made and expressed his deep regret regarding the news but also tried to remain philosophical and wished the best to his team-mates who will represent Algeria at the World Cup.
“What’s certain is that I’m very sad about this. I’ve been fighting this injury for months but it didn’t heal properly. It would have been risky for me to play and things could have gotten even worse. The decision was taken and I need to accept it. The doctors know what they’re doing and they gave their final say on the matter,” he said.
“The manner in which I was informed about it and the sadness on the face of the FAF president somehow comforts me a bit because it showed me that I’m in a family. My team-mates also shared my sadness with me. Things didn’t work out, I have to accept this. I’m definitely sad but life goes on and I hope that the team makes it to the second round.”
This news is a blow for the Fennecs considering the fact that Meghni quickly became an undisputable starter in midfield after switching allegiances from France to Algeria last year. The Paris native made decisive contributions in the Greens’ World Cup qualifying campaign and will undoubtedly be missed in South Africa.