Achraf Hakimi is a doubt for Morocco’s Belgium clash after picking up a thigh injury against Croatia

Achraf Hakimi is a doubt for Morocco’s Belgium clash after picking up a thigh injury against Croatia

Achraf Hakimi is a doubt for Morocco’s clash with Belgium on Sunday after picking up a thigh injury against Croatia… leaving boss Walid Regragui with a selection headache after Noussair Mazraoui was carried off.

Achraf Hakimi is a doubt for Morocco’s draw with Belgium on Sunday, having picked up a thigh injury against Croatia in Wednesday’s dismal 0-0 draw in Qatar.

The PSG right-back picked up a crunch in the back of his thigh but managed to see out the rest of the second half, but now faces a race to be fit enough with Sunday’s clash with Belgium fast approaching.

Morocco boss Walid Regragui has a ready replacement in the form of Bayern Munich right-back Noussair Mazraoui, but he left the match against Croatia on a stretcher, leaving the Atlas Lions with a selection headache.

Achraf Hakimi (R) is in doubt for Morocco's clash with Belgium on Sunday in Group F

Achraf Hakimi (R) is in doubt for Morocco’s clash with Belgium on Sunday in Group F

French outlet GFFO reported that there is cause for concern, and should Hakimi miss his side’s meeting with Roberto Martinez’s Belgium, there will be just another four days until the final group game with Canada.

Canada fell agonizingly short of victory against Belgium in their opening game, only for Divock Origi to punish his wayward finish as the Red Devils won 1-0.

Morocco and Croatia played a game that will likely be forgotten soon after the end of the group stage, with neither side creating many chances.

And if the African side are to improve on their show in Qatar, they will need more from Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech in attack, after a largely anonymous performance.

The Atlas Lions have only played Belgium three times in their history, winning just once in 2008, but if they are to add to the record, they will need all their best performances at their disposal.

Hakimi's injury leaves Atlas Lions coach Walid Regragui with a selection headache for Sunday

Hakimi’s injury leaves Atlas Lions coach Walid Regragui with a selection headache for Sunday

And Hakimi is certainly one of their brightest stars, having emerged as one of Europe’s leading right-backs in recent years.

Despite being just 24 years old, the Moroccan defender has already built up an impressive CV which includes the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and now PSG.

He has already managed 55 caps for Morocco too, scoring on eight occasions, but he will face a late fitness test if he is to reach 56 and 57 over the next week.

The 24-year-old right-back has twice been named the best Moroccan player in the world

The 24-year-old right-back has twice been named the best Moroccan player in the world

The two-time Moroccan Footballer of the Year has been in fine form this season for the Parisian giants, with three goals and three assists from right-back in 21 games in all competitions.

But he failed to bring that scintillating form to the World Cup and help his side claim a first win in the tournament since 1998.

It is unclear the seriousness of Bayern defender Mazraoui’s injury, although he is unlikely to feature again in the tournament after his hip injury left him on a stretcher to leave the pitch on Wednesday.

Noussair Mazraoui was carried off the field against Croatia after suffering a hip injury

Noussair Mazraoui was carried off the field against Croatia after suffering a hip injury

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