Noussair Mazraoui, a Moroccan defender for Bayern Munich, will take a break from the game to treat cardiac tissue inflammation brought on by Covid-19.
The full-back, whose penultimate international match was for his nation in the World Cup semifinal match against France in December, reportedly had the virus while competing in the tournament in Qatar, according to the German club.
In fact, Bayern has admitted that Covid kept the 25-year-old from playing against Portugal in the quarterfinal.
Mazraoui’s pericardium, a fibrous sac of tissue that surrounds the heart, was found to be inflamed after additional tests by a team of physicians.
“Noussair Mazraoui is out initially after a Covid infection. A follow-up examination in Munich after the World Cup tournament revealed a mild inflammation of the pericardium, which the defender will now cure,” Bayern Munich tweeted.
According to the German daily Bild, Mazraoui has been instructed to entirely rest and is thus out for six to eight weeks.
Mazraoui’s COVID-19 diagnosis during the World Cup is not news; last week, Fouzi Lekjaa, the president of Morocco’s Royal Federation of Football (FRMF), revealed that several members of the country’s national team had contracted the virus in Qatar.
Lekjaa claimed during a board of directors meeting that two Moroccan players, namely Mazraoui and Nayef Aguerd, had COVID-19 during Morocco’s incredible World Cup performance.
He emphasized the Atlas Lions’ outstanding performance in the face of numerous difficulties, such as “the curse of injuries and COVID-19.”
Lekjaa emphasized that the national team was aware of the “historical duty” that had been put on them and claimed that none of these considerations had ever caused them to become complacent, even for a second.
Full-back Noussair Mazraoui, who was born on November 14, 1997, competes for Bundesliga team Bayern Munich.
He is a Moroccan representative who was born in the Netherlands.
Mazraoui was born and raised in Alphen aan de Rijn, where he began competing at the age of 4.
Three years later, he relocated to Alphense Boys, where he played for just one season before being asked to join the Ajax junior academy.
He replaced Richairo “ivkovi” after 86 minutes of Jong Ajax’s Eerste Divisie match against Almere City on August 12, 2016, to make his professional debut.
Mazraoui made his professional debut on October 25, 2020, in a 3-1 victory over FC Midtjylland in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League.
He scored in a 5-0 victory over N.E.C. to score his first league goal.
Mazraoui agreed to a four-year contract with Bayern Munich on May 24, 2022, which will begin on July 1.
Mazraoui On International Stage
Mazraoui was a Moroccan youth international. In 2018, he debuted for the Moroccan national team.
On November 10, 2021, Mazraoui disclosed that his friendship with Moroccan national team coach Vahid Halilhodi had soured.
Mazraoui and Hakim Ziyech, another Moroccan colleague, turned down Halilhodi’s request to represent Morocco in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Third Round match against DR Congo on March 13, 2022.
After Walid Regragui succeeded Halilhodi, he later agreed to join the national squad and represent Morocco at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
He was included in Morocco’s 26-man roster for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on November 10, 2022.
He contributed to Morocco’s surge to the World Cup semifinals, making them the first African team to advance that far.