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Abdel-Shafy ruled out of AFCON qualifiers due to injury

Posted on November 3, 2014

Mohamed Abdel-Shafy

Left-back has sustained a muscle tear in Saudi Arabia and will miss ’s upcoming 2015 AFCON qualifiers against Senegal and Tunisia, causing a problem for manager Shawky Gharib.

Abdel-Shafy, who plays for Al-Ahli Jeddah, did not complete the Saudi Arabian side’s latest fixture last Thursday and was taken off during the game on account of a muscle tear.

The former Zamalek left-back had been Gharib’s first choice in the position for the Pharaohs this past period.

The player flew from Al-Ahli Jeddah to Cairo to undergo medical scans under the supervision of the national team’s medical staff, who announced today that the player will be out of action for a period of three to four weeks.

Abdel-Shafy’s injury comes on the heels of news about striker Amr Gamal sustaining an ACL tear. Goalkeeper , who missed the last two qualifiers, also did not recover from his injury and will not take part in the upcoming games.

But Abdel-Shafy’s injury will be particularly troublesome for Gharib because he has not found a back-up in the left-back position in the past period. Gharib’s alternative was to play out of position at left-back, while his third choice, Al Ahly’s Sabry Rahil, is currently suffering from a drop of form at the club.


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