Another World Cup dream ended: Dimitri Payet left visibly distressed by Morocco star Harit’s knee injury

Yet another World Cup dream appears to have been brought to an end late on Sunday night.

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The subject of injury woes, of course, has taken its place front and centre in the headlines across world football ahead of this winter’s Qatar showpiece kicking into gear later this month.

This comes as high-profile names continue to fall by the wayside, owing to fitness problems suffered amid the bloated nature of the fixture schedule at present.

To this point, the likes of N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Diogo Jota, Reece James and Ben Chilwell have all been ruled out of the World Cup, as a result of injury.

And now, as alluded to above, late on Sunday, yet another looks certain to join this unwanted list.

The player in question? Amine Harit.

Attacking midfielder Harit was afforded his latest start at club level on Sunday, featuring from the off in Olympique Marseille’s Ligue 1 showdown with AS Monaco.

Just beyond the hour mark, however, the worst fears of both Harit, and the Moroccan national team, were realised.

This came upon the 25-year-old being left grounded and in clear pain, whilst clutching his left knee.

The seriousness of the situation soon became clear, as players from both sides could be seen to be in evident distress.

Harit, replaced by Dimitri Payet - who looked close to tears upon stepping onto the pitch - now looks all but certain to sit out Morocco’s World Cup adventure in Qatar.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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