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International players, Malaga's 'handicap' during an unrelenting campaign

N'Diaye with Senegal.
N'Diaye with Senegal. / EFE
  • Malaga's squad was the second most affected during the international break, with only Elche losing more players

With the Spanish Second Division not taking a pause for breath during international breaks, Malaga's squad has been affected during the past week by the so-called 'FIFA virus'.

Coach Juan Ramón Muñiz has had to do without three players this week: Alfred N'Diaye (Senegal), Munir (Morocco) and Sead Hakšabanović (Montenegro) - all called up to represent their nations.

Malaga's squad was the second most affected during the break, with only Elche losing more players (four): Francis (Nigeria), Zotko (Ukraine under-21), Alexander González (Venezuela) and Kaba (Guinea).

In Malaga's case, however, two of their international players, Munir and N'Diaye are automatic starters so this could see the Blue and Whites suffer later in the season, with further international breaks in October, November and March, as well as the African Cup of Nations which starts in June.

Should Morocco and Senegal both qualify, this could affect the very end of the Segunda season, including potential play-offs.