Delort forced to pull out of Algeria camp


Andy Delort has been ruled out of Algeria’s remaining friendly games.

Unfortunately for the striker, he picked up an injury in training before the Desert Foxes took on Mauritania on Thursday evening. Djamel Belmadi’s side comfortably defeated the West Africans 4-1 at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker.

Delort made his national team debut in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after deciding to represent the country of his mother. In 10 international games, the forward has scored two goals for the Desert Foxes.

“Following a contracture Andy Delort had during the training session of Wednesday, June 2, 2021, the Algeria international will miss the national team preparations,” read a statement from the Football Association of Algeria.

The striker had another impressive season with Montpellier Herault. He scored 15 league goals and assisted another nine strikes in 30 appearances for the former French champions.

He also took to social media to express his disappointment at missing the crucial games.

“Disgusted and sad for the supporters, for the Algerian people. Due to a muscle problem, I had to withdraw from the 3 meetings. With all my heart with my brothers. Count on me to come back stronger.”

Algeria had three games to play this month. They will now take on Mali on the sixth of June before taking on Tunisia five days later. Belmandi has stuck with majority of the team that won the Afcon in Egypt two years ago.

This is part of the country’s preparations for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Djibouti and Burkina Faso in September.

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