Ibrahim Maaroufi Could Return To Training This Week

The Vicenza midfielder has been sidelined with a knee injury but could return to training in a matter of days.
Ibrahim Maaroufi has assured mountakhab.net in a phone interview that his disappearance from his club’s lineup in recent weeks was not due to a lack of faith from his coach, as was rumoured in Moroccan sports circles recently.

The player clarified that a knee injury he sustained in training had necessitated some time away from the pitch.

The former Inter player made it clear that all was well with his coach and that he fully expected to regain his starting place along with team-mate and compatriot Oussama Essabr, who has also been sidelined due to injury.

The 20-year-old has Belgian citizenship but remains eligible to represent Morocco through his parents. However, earlier this month Maaroufi said he was frustrated by the lack of action from the Moroccan football authorities, who had yet to help him obtain a passport.

The midfielder’s last international outing was, in fact, with the Atlas Lions when he played in an Olympic qualifier versus Cameroon in October of 2007, but he made it clear that he would seriously consider his options if he were to be offered a first-team opportunity with Belgium.

Maaroufi was not included in Roger Lemerre’s 24-man roster for the north African country’s qualifier against Gabon on March 28.

Rami Ayari, Goal.com