Egypt s defender Mahmoud El Wensh Hamdy (L) and Nigeria s forward Taiwo Awoniyi (R) jump for the ball during the Group D Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football match between Nigeria and Egypt at Stade Roumde Adjia in Garoua on January 11, 2022. (Photo by Daniel BELOUMOU OLOMO / AFP)
The 26-year-old defender could not return to the pitch for the second half of the game with Guinea Bissau — which Egypt won 1-0 — on Saturday due to the injury.
“Medical scans have shown that El-Wensh suffers from an anterior muscle strain. He will be missing the game against Sudan in the final game of AFCON’s group stage,” read a statement by the EFA on Monday.
Egypt lie second on Group D’s table with three points, three behind leaders and already-qualified Nigeria. Guinea-Bissau and Sudan have one point apiece.
The Pharaohs only need a draw against Sudan on Wednesday to qualify for the last 16.
The national team made a disappointing start to their campaign in the AFCON, losing 1-0 to Nigeria in their opening Group D clash last Tuesday before beating Guinea-Bissau 1-0.
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