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Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech left out of AFCON squad after furious bust-up with manager
24/12/2021 14:01:36

Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has sensationally been snubbed from Morocco's squad for the Africa Cup of Nations next month after a furious bust-up with manager Vahid Halilhodzic.


Thomas Tuchel's side face a hectic run of fixtures in the new year with the Blues set to face-off against title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League.


They will also take on London rivals Tottenham in the semi-finals of the League Cup with the two-legged tie set to take place in the weeks commencing January 3 and January 10.


And games just keep piling up with Chelsea jetting off to the United Arab Emirates in February to compete in the Club World Cup.


So Tuchel can expect a heavy backlog of fixtures when they turn from the Middle East amidst constant postponements due to the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.


After a slow start to the season, Ziyech has turned into a key player for Tuchel featuring in 12 of the last 15 matches for the Blues.


A Champions League winner with Chelsea last season, the 28-year-old is arguably Morocco's most decorated footballer.


Though the midfield ace has been banished from the squad since June after a falling out with manager Vahid Halilhodzic.


The former Ajax playmaker was accused by Halilhodzic of refusing to play against Ghana having been passed fit by medical staff.


Ziyech missed all six qualifying matches for the World Cup and has now been omitted from the squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, which is set to kick off on January 9.


The Blues midfielder last featured for the Atlas Lions in a friendly match against Burkina Faso six months ago.

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