Rouani, 31, who is of Moroccan origins, has not seen action for Perak since the M-League kicked off on Jan 8. There is every possibility Rouani may be replaced without making his M-League debut.
Perak coach Azraai Khor Abdullah told sports247.my, a “decision has already been made by the management” to replace Rouani when the transfer window opens in April.
The silver state are already out of the FA Cup after losing 1-0 to Johor Darul Takzim in a first round match at the Larkin Stadium on Friday.
Azraai said Brazilian defender Rafael Souza Silva Novais, 29, has “earned his wings” with sterling performance for Perak in the five league matches and the FA Cup match.
“Rafael is a pillar of strength in the heart of the defence. Rafael also lends a hand in attack during freekicks and corners. He is an asset,” said Azraai.
After five matches, Perak are sixth in the 12-team Super League with seven points from two wins, one draw and two defeats.
Together with last season’s treble winners Kelantan, Perak have the best defence in the league so far – conceding only three goals but both teams also have a poor scoring record with only three goals – hence Perak’s hunt for an out and out striker.
Rouani is not likely to feature for Perak when the league resumes on Feb 15 after a three-week break due to international assignments. Azraai believes Perak will be a force to be reckoned with once the injured players recover and beef up the team with a hit-man.
The former Kedah and Negri Sembilan coach talked with pride of his young players
Perak’s only recognised players with international experience are goalkeeper Farizal Marlias and striker Abdul Hadi Yahya, a former Golden Boot winner with Terengganu.
Another player with vast Super League experience is Johor-born midfielder M. Sivakumar who played for Johor FC (now known as Johor Darul Takzim) and Felda United before joining Perak.