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Sam Morsy left out of Wigan squad amid Middlesbrough rumours

Sam Morsy left out of Wigan squad amid Middlesbrough rumours
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Egypt international has been left out of ’s squad for their EFL Cup clash against Fleetwood Town amid reports of an imminent move.

The Latics were enforced a 12-point match ban at the end of the season after going into administration as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had taken a toll on its finances.

Morsy’s side went on a good run of form at the end of the season, which included an 8-0 victory over Hull City, however, a draw against Fulham in the final round ensured their place in League One.

This led to Morsy attacking the club’s new owners as he held them responsible for going into administration and eventually relegating.

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After falling out of favour with the club’s owners, Morsy is thought to be incredibly keen on a move, with many clubs reportedly interested in the Egyptian, most recently Middlesbrough.

Stoke City, Sheffield Wednesday, and Premier League duo Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion were also linked with move for the Egyptian as he now nears exit from his current club after being left out of their season’s opener.

Wigan confirmed their squad for their clash against Fleetwood Town in the first round of the EFL Cup, with Sam Morsy nowhere to be seen in the starting XI or the bench.

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The drop forced Wigan to lose a number of their key players, including Kieffer Moore, Antonee Robinson, Cédric Kipré, Joe Gelhardt, and Jamal Lowe.

And now they are set to lose their skipper, who made made a total of 164 appearances for the clu across all competitions since joining them in 2016 from Chesterfield.

Morsy was also named Wigan’s Player of the Year for the 2019/20 season, which saw him score three goals in 44 games across all competitions.

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On an international level, Morsy has seven caps for Egypt while also featuring in the 2018 World Cup during their 1-0 defeat against Uruguay.

If his move to goes through, he will become the third Egyptian to represent the Boro after Mido and Mohamed Shawky, who played for the club between 2007 to 2010.

Mido scored six goals in 32 appearances for the Boro, while Shawky made 22 appearances after joining them from Al Ahly in 2007.

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