Abdallah El-Said ruled out of Egypt squad for Congo qualifier
During a training session at Borg El-Arab stadium, Abdallah El-Said underwent medical checks which would confirm that he had injured his hamstring, and would not be able to recover in time for the match this weekend.
The play-maker picked up the injury during Al Ahly’s recent CAF Champions League semi-final away at Etoile du Sahel, and will be hoping to make it back in time for the second leg in Cairo in a few weeks.
Meanwhile, Kahraba and Hossam Ashour participated in the team’s training session and have been declared fit for the crucial game, on the contrary Mostafa Fathi has picked up a muscular injury and he is likely to miss the game.
So far in this qualifying campaign, El-Said has featured in all of Cuper’s squads and is currently Egypt’s joint top scorer with three goals.
It is possible that his replacement on the pitch will be Ramadan Sobhi, playing in a more central role than usual, however he carries less of a goal threat than El-Said which will leave even more of the attacking responsibilities with Salah.
Another alternative is Saleh Gomaa, who came off the bench to score Al Ahly’s goal against Etoile du Sahel in the match where El-Said was injured and Hector Cuper revealed that the 24-year-old is more likely to replace El-Said than anyone else.
The match takes place on Sunday, October 8, 19:00 CLT. In case Uganda failed to win against Ghana and Egypt defeated Congo, the Pharaohs, who last made it to the World Cup in 1990, would end their 28-year wait with an appearance in Russia.
/ 14 hours ago
Norwegian referee Ola Hobber Nilsen has been assigned for the anticipated clash between Pyramids...
/ 15 hours ago
Former Egypt and world no. 1 Ramy Ashour has officially announced his retirement from...
/ 19 hours ago
Zamalek manager Christian Gross announced a 19-man squad ahead of their clash against Pyramids...
/ 19 hours ago
Ahmed Elmohamady’s Aston Villa have breaker a club record after securing their tenth win...