Ahly’s veteran right-back Ahmed Fathi will be sidelined for six weeks with a muscle injury, the club has announced on its official website.
Fathi, 34, was forced off the pitch after 60 minutes during his side’s 2-2 tie against Dakhleya on Saturday after grabbing his right thigh in pain.
The Egypt international had been away for more than a month with the same injury, but was announced fit ahead of the team’s clash against Jimma Aba Jifar of Ethiopia in the second leg of the CAF Champions League’s round of 32 on 23 December.
The Cairo giants are expected to miss the important player in their first group stage game in the Champions League as well as a number of games in the Egyptian league.
Ahly are currently sixth in the league table with 24 points from 12 matches, 14 points adrift of leaders Zamalek who have played three more matches.
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