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Chelsea midfielder Ziyech named in Morocco preliminary squad

Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic has named Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech in his preliminary squad for their World Cup playoff.

Halilhodzic snubbed Ziyech for the Africa Cup of Nations after falling out with the midfielder last year.

According to Morocco federation chairman Fouzi Lekjaa, both Ziyech and Ajax defender Noussair Mazraoui are part of the provisional squad.

Tension between Ziyech and Halilhodzic is easing after peace talks in recent weeks.

Morocco face DR Congo home and away for a place in thsis year's World Cup.

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