Premier League - Taarabt left out of Morocco squad

QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt has not been named in the Morocco squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Queens Park Rangers' Moroccan midfielder Adel Taarabt celebrates scoring during the English Premier League football match between Queens Park Rangers and Fulham at Loftus Road (AFP)

The 23-year-old does not appear on the 24-man list of players for the tournament, which takes place in South Africa from January 19 to February 10.

The news hands Harry Redknapp a huge boost as his side fight against relegation from the Premier League - QPR had feared losing the talented Taarabt for over a month.

Aston Villa's Karim El Ahmadi and Liverpool's Oussama Assaidi are the only Premier League-based players in the Moroccan squad.

Last week Taarabt said he was determined to prove his worth to national team coach Rachid Taoussi, saying: "I hope to be at the African Nations Cup but even if I'm not there, and that would be painful, I will be the biggest Morocco supporter."


Goalkeepers: Khalid Askri, Nadir Lamyaghri, Ana Znaiti

Defenders: Younes Belakhdar, Abderahim Achchakir, Zakaria Bergdich, Abdelhamid El Kaoutari, Mehdi Benatia, Issam El Adoua, Ahmed Kantari

Midfielders: Adil Hermach, Karim El Ahmadi, Younes Belhanda, Mehdi Namli, Kamel Chafni, Chakhir Belghazouani, Hamza Hafidi

Forwards: Oussama Assaidi, Nordin Amrabat, Abderazzak Hamdallah, Abdelaziz Barrada, Youssef El Arabi, Mounir El Hamdaoui, Youssef Kaddioui

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