Lazio wing back Mohamed Fares will not be joining the Algerian national team for their upcoming clashes against Zimbabwe, as he cannot gain authorization to leave Italy, according to a report from French news outlet La Gazette du Fennec earlier today.
The report details how the 24-year-old Algerian wing-back, who is contracted to the Biancocelesti until 2025, will not be able to accept his call up to join the national team for their two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, as he is unable to gain the necessary authorization required to leave Italy.
Fares informed the Algerian football federation yesterday, confirming his situation and asking to be replaced in the squad, the report continues.
Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi decided to call up Sion defender Ayoub Abdellaoui after Naoufel Khacef was unable to join due to an administrative issue.
The 24-year-old Fares has made eight appearances across all competitions so far this season, for a total of 529 minutes. In that time, he has provided one assist.