Al-Ittihad FC winger Mahmoud "Kahraba" Abdel-Moneim could boost Egypt in Sunday's anticipated World Cup home qualifier against Congo as he is close to a full recovery from a leg injury, national team supervisor Ehab Leheta revealed.
"Kahraba is very excited to recover quickly and be ready for Congo match. He will resume full trainings starting from today," Leheta told LTC TV channel early on Wednesday.
Egypt will be hosting the Diables Rouges (Red Devils) at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab stadium in the fifth round of the qualifiers.
Kahraba was doubtful for the game, alongside Ahly duo playmaker Abdallah El-Said and midfielder Hossam Ashour, who picked up muscular injuries with their clubs recently, but there is good news for the Pharaohs.
"El-Said could also be available for the match. He will undergo a new scan in the coming hours to determine his final situation," Leheta explained.
"Ashour's final situation also will be clear within hours," he added.
On Monday, Egypt coach Hector Cuper has called up Moemen Zakareya, Hossam Hassan and Mohamed Fathi to be ready replacements for the injured teammates.
Topping Group E with nine points, the Pharaohs are looking for a victory over Congo to boost their chances of a place in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
If Egypt win on 8 October, they only need Ghana to beat Uganda in their next Group E clash to ensure a place in Russia next year.
Egypt last made it to the World Cup in 1990 and hope to end their 28-year wait with an appearance in Russia.
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