Ismaily midfielder Hosny Abd-Rabou has recovered from a facial injury and is fit to face Zamalek in Monday’s crucial Egyptian Premier League clash in Ismailiya.
The Egypt midfielder was caught in the face during Ismaily’s defeat against Kenya’s Sofapaka in the CAF Confederation Cup round of 16 game, a result which prematurely ended the Dervishes’ African campaign.
Abd-Rabou’s return will come as a major boost to Ismaily’s new coach Emad Soliman, who is looking to bridge the gap with leaders Zamalek.
Ismaily, who won the last of their three league titles in 2002, are second in the league table with 34 points, five behind Zamalek.
Ismaily’s goalkeeper Mohamed Sobhy will be also fit to face Zamalek after shrugging off a minor hamstring injury he picked up in the team’s thrilling 3-2 victory over El-Gouna, which gave Soliman a winning start after he replaced Dutch tactician Mark Wotte.
“I went to Cairo for more medical consultations but the doctor confirmed that I can join the team’s training on Friday,” Ismaily’s long-serving guardian told Ahram Online.