Chamakh misses Morocco match

  • Last Updated: September 7 2012, 14:27 BST

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh was unable to link up with Morocco for their African Nations Cup qualifier in Mozambique because of a virus.

Marouane Chamakh: Missed out on Morocco clash due to virus

The 28-year-old had been recalled to his national team for the first time since being dropped during the 2012 African Nations Cup finals in Gabon.

Chamakh did not travel because of illness, but Press Association Sport understands reports the player had contracted malaria are inaccurate.

Despite the sale of captain Robin van Persie, Chamakh - who joined Arsenal from Bordeaux in May 2010 - has yet to feature for the first team this season.

Meanwhile, midfielder Chuks Aneke, 19, has joined npower League One side Crewe Alexandra on a one-month loan deal.