Egypt midfielder Hamed cleared for Russia game in World Cup

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Jun 2018,
Egypt's Tarek Hamed walks out of the field during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018 AP

Egypt midfielder Tarek Hamed will be fit to play against Russia on Tuesday despite sustaining an injury in the Pharaohs' World Cup opening game against Uruguay on Friday.

The 29-year-old central midfielder had to leave the pitch in the 50th minute after picking up a knock in his back towards the end of the first half.

"According to the initial checks, Tarek Hamed had a bruise in his back. He doesn't need to undergo further scans and will be ready to play against Russia," the Egyptian FA said on its official Twitter account.

The holding midfielder, a first-choice for coach Hector Cuper, produced a solid performance until being replaced - stealing possession, closing down spaces and winning physical duels.

Egypt were beaten by a 90th-minute goal against Uruguay and may need to win their next couple of games against Russia and Saudi Arabia on 19 and 25 June respectively to secure passage to the round of 16.

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