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By The Atlas Lions, Oct 7 2019 08:49AM

Adel Taarabt will on Monday undergo a medical examination on muscle inflammation suffered playing in the Champions League but is expected to still be available for Morocco’s two friendlies against Libya and Gabon this month.

The Benfica midfielder, who was recalled to the side last month, is already in Morocco for e two matches and is to be re-evaluated later on Monday by the federation’s medical department, but is expected to stay with the national team because the problem is not serious and could be overcome in the next days.

Benfica have already sent the Moroccan federation documentation regarding the inflammation, the result of muscle fatigue caused by physical overload.

In the coming days, Taarabt will not be able to train and will have to respect a treatment plan, the club said.

The 30-year-old offensive midfielder returned to play for Morocco last month after an absence of more than five years.

The injury was picked up in the 3-1 loss at Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League on Wedneday, where Taarabt played the entire 90 minutes.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 31 2019 03:30PM

(BBC Sport) Taarabt (centre) managed 16 touches in his first competitive outing for Benfica's first team

Former Tottenham midfielder Adel Taarabt has finally made his Benfica first-team debut - nearly four years after signing for the Portuguese club.

The 29-year-old Morocco international came on as a 71st-minute substitute in a 1-0 win against Tondela on Saturday.

It was Taarabt's first outing for Benfica since joining them in June 2015 after his Queens Park Rangers deal was terminated by mutual consent.

Taarabt did not have any shots or create any chances and had 16 touches.

But his breakthrough came after Benfica manager Bruno Lage, who took over the team in early January, recently described him as "a player who always trained well, with the intensity I like".

Under Lage, Taarabt returned to Benfica first-team training in February after a seven-month spell with the reserves followed an 18-month loan period at Italian club Genoa.

Taarabt has previously played for Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and AC Milan.

A creative midfielder, his career has been blighted by criticism from managers and former QPR boss Neil Warnock opted for "talented, exciting and frustrating" when asked to describe his then captain in three words.

Taarabt was criticised by then-QPR manager Harry Redknapp in October 2014 for being "about three stone overweight" but he played five times after Redknapp was replaced as boss by Chris Ramsey in February 2015.

At international level, he has been embroiled in controversy - he walked out on the Morocco side in mid-2011 when then coach Eric Gerets benched him for a key Nations Cup qualifier.

He has four goals in 17 appearances for the Atlas Lions, but his last appearance for the North Africans was in a friendly against Gabon in March 2014.

By The Atlas Lions, Feb 22 2019 05:04PM

(BBC Sport) Morocco international Adel Taarabt has returned to Benfica first-team training after a seven-month spell with the reserves, manager Bruno Lage has confirmed.

The 29-year-old midfielder signed for Portuguese side Benfica in June 2015 after having his Queens Park Rangers contract terminated by mutual consent.

Unable to break into the first team he opted for an 18-month loan stint at Italian club Genoa, but was demoted to Benfica's reserve team on his return in June 2017.

Lage, who took over the team in early January, has praised the improved attitude of Taarabt and offered him a lifeline.

"He [Taarabt] started the season at the B team. I did not know him, I had heard stories about his past, but what I saw was a player who always trained well, with the intensity I like," Lage confirmed at a press conference.

"I must hand him opportunities, we will see if we can create that opportunity and if he grabs it once and for all to make a career according to his potential."

Taarabt who has previously played for Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and AC Milan is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Benfica first team.

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