Algeria will be without their star man Riyad Mahrez ahead of their clash with Uganda Cranes on June 4th at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
The Algerian Football Federation confirmed the development, adding that the Manchester winger will also miss the trip to Tanzania.
“The national team captain, Ryad MAHREZ, will be absent from the next Green camp and will not take part in the two qualifying matches for the CAN TotalEnergies – Côte d’Ivoire 2023, on June 4, 2022 against Uganda in stage of July 5, 1962 in Algiers and June 8 against Tanzania in Dar Essalam,” reads a statement from Algerian FA.
“The Algerian Football Federation received this Thursday, May 26, 2022 a medical report from the English club Manchester City indicating that MAHREZ is not able to participate in the next training camp and the next two meetings of the selection.”
The player is out after a long season with his club Man City where he scored 11 goals in 28 Premier League matches as the side won the league title.
Algeria will have to draw inspiration from other stars lime Yassine Brahimi, Said Benrahma, Islam Slimani, Ismail Bennacer and Sofiane Feghouli.
Algeria, who won the 2019 AFCON title in Egypt, want to make amends after failing to make out of the groups in 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.
They finished bottom of Group E that had Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Coached by Djamel Belmadi, Algeria also failed to secure a World Cup slot, despite securing a first leg advantage, when they lost 2-1 to Cameroon in the playoff game