Like Argentina without Leo Messi: England boost as Tunisia lose Youssef Msakni

Tunisia & 2018 World Cup

This summer in Russia, Tunisia will take on England at the 2018 World Cup.

The north Africans have also been pooled with Panama and Belgium.

The Tunisia-England game is the first match both nations will play in this summer.

Tunisia lose Youssef Msakni

In a major blow for Tunisia, it’s been confirmed that star player Youssef Msakni is out of the 2018 World Cup.

27-year-old Msakni was injured in Qatar over the weekend, playing for his club side Al-Duhail.

It’s been confirmed that Msakni suffered a cruciate ligament injury on Saturday. The club have since reported the following on their website:

Al Duhail team professional the Tunisian Youssef Msakni suffered an injury in the cruciate ligament during Al Duhail today’s match against Al Sailiya in the end of the team matches in the QNB Stars League.

Msakni will be absent for 6 months , and with this injury he ends his season with Al Duhai, and also will be absent from the participation with his national team in the World Cup in Russia which will begin in June.

Msakni has taken to social media to confirm his injury too. He wrote:

Thank God for this, but it’s just fate to experience the unexpected. Congratulations for the trophy. Sadly this injury has denied me a chance to continue with my club and to play in the World Cup.

Al Duhail won the Qatari league after a 5-2 victory against Al Sailiya.

Msakni has been capped 39 times by the Carthage Eagles, scoring nine goals, including a hat-trick against Guinea as Tunisia sealed qualification to the World Cup finals after a 12-year absence.

Tunisia’s manager, Nabil Maloul, has previously stated that Tunisia without Msakni is like Argentina without Leo Messi.