PFC CSKA Sofia midfielder Mourad Hdiouad will be sidelined for at least six weeks after injuring his right thigh in a Bulgarian Premier League game.
The Moroccan international pulled up after chasing a loose ball in the final minute of CSKA's 4-3 win against PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1936, and tests have revealed a serious injury. "Mourad will not undergo surgery, but his recovery will take at least six weeks," said CSKA press officer Atanas Karaivanov.
Hdiouad, 29, looks certain to miss the UEFA Cup games against SK Slavia Praha and Viking FK in November, although CSKA are hopeful he may be back for their final Group A fixture against AS Monaco FC on 15 December.
Coach Miodrag Ješić was depressed at losing a key player, particularly as Hdiouad's commitment in the closing minutes of a match had cost him so dear. "Mourad is the kind of player who always gives his best," he said. "It would have been better if he had not chased that ball."