Genoa midfielder Houssine Kharja has been sidelined for six months because of a damage to his anterior cruciate ligament in the left knee in training.

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The Moroccan international suffered the injury during training and will miss out on all footballing action for the next six months. This will keep him out of Morocco’s match against Gabon that is crucial for their qualification for the African Cup of Nations.

A statement on Genoa’s official website said:

“Genoa CFC announce that the MRI scan that was performed on the midfielder Houssine Kharja, injured in the penultimate session at the Centro Sportivo Signorini, revealed an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in the left knee.

“This diagnosis requires surgery in order to repair it. The return to full training is estimated to be in six months.”

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