Tunisia name preliminary squad for World Cup

15 May 2018 - 09:47 By Reuters
Tunisian supporters react and climb on the goal posts after their team won 1-0 at the end of the international friendly football match between Tunisia and Costa Rica at the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice on March 27, 2018.
Tunisian supporters react and climb on the goal posts after their team won 1-0 at the end of the international friendly football match between Tunisia and Costa Rica at the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice on March 27, 2018.
Image: VALERY HACHE / AFP

Taha Yassine Khenissi became the latest injury casualty for Tunisia when the striker's absence from the 2018 World Cup was confirmed by his omission from a 29-man preliminary squad named by coach Nabil Maaloul.

Khenissi, who was top scorer in last year's CAF Champions League, injured his thigh playing for his club Esperance last week and has been ruled out for a month.

Tunisia have already lost talisman Youssef Msakni, who underwent knee surgery in the US last week and faces a lengthy period on the sidelines.

However, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, who was also a doubt after suffering a knee injury in an international friendly against Iran in March, makes the preliminary squad as the north Africans hope he can be fit in time for the tournament in Russia.

Tunisia open their World Cup campaign against England in Group G before taking on Belgium and Panama.

All 32 nations at the tournament must submit a final 23-player squad to FIFA by June 4.

Squad:

Goalkeepers:

Moez Ben Cherifia (Esperance), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten).

Defenders:

Rami Bedoui (Etoile Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City,), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa), Dylan Bronn (Ghent), Khalil Chammam (Esperance), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Bilel Mohsni (Dundee United), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek).

Midfielders:

Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes), Mohamed Wael Larbi (Tours), Karim Laribi (Cesena, Italy), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier), Naim Sliti (Dijon), Bassem Srarfi (Nice).

Forwards:

Ahmed Akaichi (Al-Ittihad), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Stade Rennes). 


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