Operation for Moroccan Akard thwarted his start at West Ham

Moroccan international defender Nayef Akrad has undergone successful ankle surgery, according to a statement from his English club West Ham, who signed from Rennes last June.

The East London club wrote in a statement on their official website: West Ham can confirm that Nayef Akrad has undergone successful surgery for an ankle injury he sustained during a pre-season game against Glasgow Rangers last week.

Accord’s move from Rennes to West Ham was one of the highlight deals this summer for Scottish manager David Moyes’ team, he was valued by the media at around $37m, but he won’t carry his banner at the start of the season until he recovers after this operation.

Akrad’s injury (25 international matches) is a blow to the Moroccan national team, which is preparing for the World Cup final in Qatar next November.

The Atlas Lions will play two friendlies against Chile and Paraguay on September 23 and 27, knowing they are in a tough World Cup group that includes Belgium, Croatia and Canada.

A native of the city of Kenitra (40 km north of the capital, Rabat), Akrad is a graduate of the Mohammed VI Academy, which is interested in promising talent.

Akrad began his professional career at Al Fateh Rabat under current Vidad Casablanca coach Walid Rekraki, with whom he reached the local cup final in 2015 and won the league title in 2016.

Akrad joined French side Dijon in 2018 and played two seasons with them before landing at Rennes in the summer of 2020 where he defended his colors in 66 games scoring 5 goals between 2020 and 2022.

Source: agencies

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