Sporting Lisbon's Egyptian defender Rami Rabiea will be sidelined for five weeks as the player will undergo surgery on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old, who joined Sporting from Cairo giants Ahly this summer, suffered resistant muscle pain and examinations in Portugal revealed that the player needs surgery.
Rabiea sustained his injury during Egypt's friendly against Chili, last June.
Rabiea only appeared in one match with Ahly before joining the Portuguese side.
After his long absence from Ahly's matches, several Egyptian reports suggested that the player claimed being injured to urge Ahly to sell him to the Portuguese side but Sporting's statement which confirmed he needs surgery cleared him of such accusations.
Rabiea who was named to the Pharaohs' squad which will prepare for the upcoming clashes against Senegal and Tunisia in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers will miss the two games set to be played on the 5th and 10th of this month respectively.
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