Ahly’s midfielder Ahmed Hassan has returned to action in a friendly game against Misr El-Maqassa (MCDR) on Sunday after recovering from a knee injury that kept him on the sidelines since last September.
Egypt’s skipper came off the bench in the 80th minute to help his teammates beat MCDR 3-0.
“I felt good today after playing these few minutes against Misr El-Maqassa (MCDR), which is good for me,” he told Ahly’s TV channel.
Hassan was injured against Sierra Leone in the African Cup of Nations 2012 qualifiers on 5 September and has been ruled out since then with a cruciate knee ligament.
The return of the experienced player — who will turn 36 next May — is a great boost for both his club and the national team. The Pharaohs have a crucial game against South Africa in the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier on 25 March.
Hassan’s contract expires next June, but the Cairo giants are willing to extend his stay, according to Sayed Abdel-Hafiz, the club's football director.
The four time African champion has been linked with a move to the Gulf as Qatari heavyweights Al-Sadd and Al-Rayyan have each shown interest in signing him.
“I have not received any offers yet. My priority is to stay with Ahly if they still want me. Right now I am just focusing on recovering my form, to prove my worth for my team,” Hassan said.