Achraf Hakimi set to play vs. Nantes for legal reasons

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PSG defender and Morocco international Achraf Hakimi surprisingly missed Friday morning's training session, which was initially attributed to some undisclosed "personal reasons" as the club put it in an official press release.

A few hours after that note dropped, it's been revealed that there are legal reasons for that absence although Hakimi is not expected to miss the game against Nantes entirely because of the ongoing off-field case he's dealing with.

The Moroccan full-back is facing a confrontation with the complainant accusing him of rape at the Nanterre court, which is why he wasn't able to train with the team on Friday and why he might not be playing on Saturday's Ligue 1 matchup.

Details surrounding Hakimi's absence were revealed by RMC Sport as the outlet reported the player was summoned in connection with a rape case dating back to last February when he initially entered this ongoing legal battle.

The court mandated a face-to-face meeting between Hakimi and the woman who levied the accusations, marking a significant development in the legal proceedings that reportedly took place on Friday.

Hakimi's defense has consistently asserted that the case is primarily an "attempted racketeering" against their client, who is under judicial supervision but not subject to travel restrictions, thus his appearences with PSG last and this season.

From a sporting perspective, Hakimi's legal obligations led to his absence from training, prompting concerns about his availability for the upcoming PSG vs. Nantes match on Saturday evening.