After suffering frequent injuries, Yusuf Atal returned to the national team. The Greens gather at the technical center of Sidi Moussa, on the outskirts of Algiers, in anticipation of their double confrontation with Niger on October 8th in Blida and October 12th in Niamey.
These two matches are part of the third and fourth day of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
For these two very important matches for the Greens, national coach Djamel Belmadi called up 26 players, among them the defender of OGC Nice, Youssef Attal.
He recovered from an injury that prevented him from playing Algeria’s first two matches against Djibouti (8-0) on September 2nd in Blida and Burkina Faso (1-1) on September 7th in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Since then, Atal has resumed training and appearing with his team in Ligue 1, but his frequent injuries raise fears, and sometimes strange questions from Algerian journalists.
In Sidi Moussa, while on his way to the training ground, a reporter asked a rather strange question. Youssef because of your injuries, did you think about the spell? ‘, he dashed to the side defender of OCG Ness. After a bit of hesitation, Atal fixed the journalist’s gaze, and left without saying a word.
According to the Footmercato website, Atal has been injured 15 times since the 2018-2019 season and has missed 60 games. His longest absence due to a knee injury lasted 98 days, between December 8, 2019 and March 15, 2020. He had missed 14 matches with OGC Nice. The most common injury suffered by the Algerian international is the elongation of the thigh muscles: the same site recorded 8 injuries during the same period.
Atal’s frequent injuries seriously worry national team coach Djamel Belmadi. “For Yusuf Atal, we feel confused every time he gets injured. He even becomes fearful. His injury hurts, as he will have to work psychologically at first. It’s hard to manage,” the national coach said at the beginning of September.
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