Down to 1 keeper, Tunisia asks FIFA to allow another

June 27, 2018 - 12:36 pm
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SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul says he is down to one healthy goalkeeper and is hoping FIFA will allow him to bring in another for his squad's final World Cup game against Panama.

Farouk Ben Mustapha, who started in goal in Tunisia's 5-2 loss to Belgium, has been ruled out of Thursday's match against Panama because of a knee injury during training on Tuesday.

That leaves Aymen Mathlouthi as Tunisia's only healthy keeper because Moez Hassen, who played in the World Cup opener, is sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Generally, a team cannot make changes to its final 23-player rosters submitted shortly before the tournament. However, Maaloul says FIFA could allow the addition of another goalkeeper under a "force majeure" clause in its regulations.

Maaloul says keeper Moez Ben Cherifia has been flown to Moscow and is en route to Saransk in the event he is permitted to join the squad.

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