Cuper includes six players to Egypt’s reserve list ahead of World Cup
Egypt manager Hector Cuper has included six players to the Pharaohs’ reserve list ahead of the national team’s final preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Cuper announced on Sunday morning a 29-man preliminary squad for Egypt friendlies ahead of the World Cup, before including six reserves on Monday to round up his 35-man squad.
The reserves included Entag El-Harby keeper Amer Amer, Al Ahly’s Walid Soliman and Hossam Ashour, Assiouty Sport’s Hamada Tolba, Momen Zakaria and Amr Gamal who are on loan at Ahli Jeddah and HJK Helsinki, respectively.
The six players will not travel with the national team but could be called up in case of injuries.
“The players on the reserve list will not travel with the team. We can include one of them to the squad before our game against Uruguay on June 14,” Egypt team manager Ehab Leheita said in a press conference on Monday.
“Any substitution ahead of the World Cup should be based on medical reasons. In case of injuries, we provide medical reports to FIFA and changes can happen before the team’s first game in the World Cup,” he added.
The Pharaohs’ training camp will kick off on May 22 and they will face the Kuwaiti national team on May 26 in Kuwait before playing Belgium on June 6 in their final friendly game before the World Cup. They will then travel to Russia on June 10, five days before their opening game against Uruguay.
Egypt, who were drawn in Group A, will face hosts Russia on June 19 and will play their final group game against Saudi Arabia on June 25.
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