Tunisia suffer another injury blow as No. 1 keeper is ruled out of World Cup

Tunisia suffer another injury blow as No. 1 keeper is ruled out of World Cup
Tunisia's goalkeeper Mouez Hassen leaves the pitch after injuring his shoulder against England. (AFP)
Updated 20 June 2018

Tunisia suffer another injury blow as No. 1 keeper is ruled out of World Cup

Tunisia suffer another injury blow as No. 1 keeper is ruled out of World Cup
  • Moez Hassen will play no further part in the tournament
  • Coach Nabil Maaloul has now lost three of his key players to injury

Tunisia goalkeeper Moez Hassen has been ruled out of the World Cup after dislocating his left shoulder in the team’s 2-1 loss to England on Monday night.
The team posted the injury update on Twitter, saying Hassen was the “victim of a dislocation” and the injury was “very bad news for Tunisia.”
Hassen collided with England’s Jesse Lingard in the fifth minute in the match at Volgograd. But he remained on the field and even pulled off a fine save — clawing away John Stones’ header from Ashley Young’s corner — before Harry Kane scored the opening goal for England.
Hassen was forced off in the 15th and replaced by Ben Mustapha.
The news is a further blow to coach Nabil Maaloul, who is already without Youssef Msakni and Yassine Khenissi. Mskani, who got a hat-trick in the qualifying win over Guinea, was ruled out pre-tournament with a knee injury, while Khenissi, who was the leading goalscorer in last year’s CAF Champions League, was ruled out with a thigh injury.
Tunisia squad has returned to its World Cup training base in Moscow to prepare for Saturday’s Group G game against Belgium.