The youngster is expected to miss the first and second leg against the Phobians due to an injury relay
Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco will arrive in Ghana for the Caf Champions League second round first leg clash against Hearts of Oak without highly-rated youngster Salaheddine Benyachou, the club has officially confirmed.
The 21-year-old, who joined WAC from Olympique Club de Safi in a deal worth around US$350,000, went under the knife this week following an appendix operation and he is expected to sit out of action for at least three weeks before he can completely be healed.
As a result, WAC will travel to Ghana after the international break without him as Hearts of Oak are billed to host them on October 22 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
This is a huge advantage to Hearts since Salaheddine is a very good player who has consistently tormented the defence of opponents. Hearts coach Samuel Boadu will now have to switch his attention to other players and deploy tactics that will prevent them from having a field day.
Salaheddine will also miss the return fixture slated to take place at the Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca on October 29.
He has so far made five appearances this season for WAC.
Wydad Athletic Club, unlike Hearts of Oak who eliminated Guinean side CI Kamsar in the preliminary round, were drawn bye and this game will be their first in the competition this season.