- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

LONDON (AP) - Morocco midfielder Sofiane Boufal will miss the African Cup of Nations because of a knee injury.

Southampton manager Claude Puel says the 23-year-old Boufal has returned home from a training camp and will be sidelined for a few weeks.

Puel says “his knee needs operating and he cannot do the African Cup. He will stay with us to recover. … I hope he can come back in a few weeks.”

Morocco, drawn in Group C, begins its African Cup campaign against Congo on Jan. 16. It then faces Togo and Ivory Coast at the tournament in Gabon.


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