Nesryne El Chad will miss the remainder of the season. (Photo: LOSC)

Confederation of African Football Young Player of the Year Nesryne El Chad will miss the remainder of the season after rupturing her ACL in her right knee.

The Moroccan defender is currently plying her trade in the Division 1 Féminine competition, where she plays for LOSC Lille. She also managed to compete in three of her country’s four games at the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia.

Her selection into the World Cup squad came after she appeared in eight matches for Morocco in the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which also included her becoming the youngest-ever Moroccan player to score in the tournament.

However, just nine weeks into the beginning of the 2023-24 season, it will come to an abrupt end for the 20-year-old after she endured the injury against Girondins de Bordeaux last weekend.

LOSC Lille sits in ninth place with only a single win (and three draws) from their opening nine weeks – only Dijon and Saint-Etienne sit below them.

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“The only word that stands out in the face of this painful ordeal that I am going through. I am sad to report that I am suffering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and other damage to my right knee,” she said on social media after the injury (translated from French to English).

“This injury is hard to bear, despite that, my faith and my determination will allow me to overcome this obstacle.

“With the help of doctors, physiotherapists and my loved ones I will return to the field as quickly as possible. It’s part of the game, part of life I have every confidence in my teammates to achieve the club’s objectives, we will all do it together 🐺

“I also have confidence in my other teammates to achieve this qualification for the Olympics together, we are capable of it. DIMA MAGHRIB 🦁🇲🇦

“What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”

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