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Fathi to miss league opener as Ahly's defensive problems mount

The Ahly right-back joins five key players in treatment room ahead of Egyptian league opener on Thursday

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 25 Dec 2013
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Ahly's Ahmed Fathi (Photo: Bassam El-Zoghbi)
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Right-back Ahmed Fathi has become the latest Ahly player to be struck by injury ahead of Thursday's Egyptian Premier League opener against El-Entag El-Harby.

"Fathi is suffering from pelvis pains that kept him out of Wednesday's training session. He will not be available for El-Entag El-Harby match," Ahly said in a statement on their website.

The Red Devils have already lost five key players to injury - Rami Rabiea, Hossam Ashour, Sayed Moawad, Sherif Abdel-Fadil and Walid Soliman.

After their disappointing sixth-place finish at the Club World Cup in Morocco, the Cairo giants will be looking to make amends in the premier domestic competition, which they won seven successive times.

However, the lack of depth in their squad could jeopardize their mission.

Ahly will have to do without talismanic playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika after he retired from professional football. Coach Mohamed Youssef hopes newly-signed striker Moussa Yedan can fill the gap.

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