West Bromwich Albion coach Slaven Bilic says Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi is working hard to recover from an ankle surgery and could return to action within five weeks.
“With Hegazi, he’s ahead of schedule,” Bilic was quoted as saying by expressandstar.com Wednesday.
“It’s still four or five weeks," he added.
On 24 July, the 28-year-old international centre-back announced that he underwent successful ankle surgery, stressing he will be ready for the new season soon.
The surgery was postponed due to last season's matches with the club, and also the Egyptian national team's participation at the African Cup of Nations.
Hegazi missed Bromwich's first three opening matches of the season in the EFL Championship, the second-highest championship in the English football league system.
“He’s a good professional and you know him better than me – he’s crying to come back. It’s great to have somebody like that in the squad,” Bilic said.
Hegazi joined West Bromwich Albion on loan from Egypt's Ahly in July 2017, before the English Premier League team at the time bought him permanently in January 2018.
The Pharaohs defender played 85 matches so far with Albion, scoring three goals.
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