Qatar s defender Assim Madibo (L) vies for the ball with Egypt s midfielder Amr El-Sulaya during the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 football match for third place between Egypt and Qatar at the 974 stadium in the capital city of Doha on December 18, 2021 (AFP)
The Cairo giants said on Friday that El-Sulaya is facing at least three weeks on the sidelines after hurting his calf while warming up for the Raja clash, which Ahly had won on penalties following an exciting 1-1 draw in Qatar.
"El-Sulaya started today a rehabilitation program under the supervision of the medical team," Ahly's team doctor Ahmed Abou-Abla said.
The 32-year-old is likely to miss Egypt's opening Nations Cup game against Nigeria on 11 January.
It's now unclear if Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz will name El-Sulaya in his final squad for the biennial tournament.
The central midfielder is a key member of Egypt's squad under the Portuguese boss, often playing on the left of a three-man midfield.
He took part in all of Egypt's six games at the FIFA Arab Cup in Qatar, converting a penalty in a 1-1 group-stage draw with eventual champions Algeria.
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