Before the trip of OGC Nice to Nantes this Sunday, Adrian Ursea indicated that Youcef Atal is again injured.
Author of an exceptional first season in Ligue 1 (2018-2019), Youcef Atal has struggled to regain his level of play since. The Algerian right-back chain injuries this season and spends the majority of his time in the infirmary. But it must be said that the management of OGC Nice with its player is quite hazardous.
At the start of the season, while returning from a long knee injury, the African champion played a few minutes against Montpellier before being launched against Mbappé and PSG. Result? A breakdown in the ischios and 30 days of absence.
118 days in the infirmary for Atal
On his return, the 24-year-old played 16 minutes against Lille and 5 minutes against Angers. He was then arrested for some time following a positive test for Covid-19. The former Paradou then sees himself established against Slavia Prague in the Europa League. New breakdown in the thigh and twenty days on the sidelines.
Between December 19 and January 23, Youcef Atal regains rhythm and goes on 6 matches. Unfortunately, he is the victim of a muscle injury to a thigh, after having celebrated a goal against RC Lens. This new injury will take him away from the field for more than a month.
Once again available, he is directly established against Nîmes Olympique on March 3 latest. New relapse, and here he is again for a new stay with the doctors. A priori restored, Youcef Atal is launched against OM March 20, just before the international break. The Niçois was therefore expected with the Aiglons to face Nantes this weekend but he will be absent again at Causse… of a new relapse!
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” Regarding Youcef, what happened is that we trusted him when we called on him to tell us about his feelings. Unfortunately for him, these feelings misled him. And he relapsedNice coach Adrian Ursea said. He will be forfeited for an injury to the adductors. It’s a grade 2. So it will be about four weeks, knowing that there are already two gone. “.
The question then arises as to whether OGC Nice manages the returns of its player as it should. Is the club taking too many risks? Is Atal’s lifestyle exemplary? The answer surely lies between the two. Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi had alerted the right side about this.
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