Morocco’s Hakimi in fitness battle for finals

Achraf Hakimi ruled out for the season after metatarsal break

German club Borussia Dortmund have confirmed Morocco defender Achraf Hakimi will miss the rest of the season with a broken metatarsal.

The 20-year-old, who is on loan from Real Madrid, will return to the Spanish capital for an operation.

He lasted just 24 minutes after coming on as a substitute in Dortmund’s 2-0 win over Wolfsburg on Sunday.

The final game of the Bundesliga is on 18 May with the Africa Cup of Nations set to begin in Egypt on 21 June.

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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