Egypt’s ever-reliable keeper El-Shennawi suffers from muscle strain: EFA

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 27 Jan 2022

Egypt’s ever-reliable goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi sustained a muscle strain during the shootout win over Cote d’Ivoire in the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), according to a statement from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) released earlier on Thursday.

Egypt s goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (C) receives medical attention before being substituted during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 round of 16 football match between Ivory Coast and Egypt at Stade de Japoma in Douala on January 26, 2022. AFP

“Egypt’s national team doctor Mohamed Abul-Ela confirmed that Mohamed El-Shennawi is suffering from a muscle strain, while midfielder Hamdi Fathi sustained an adductor muscle injury,” read a statement by the EFA.

“The two players will undergo medical scans to determine the rehab programme they need to recover from the injuries,” the statement added.

The 33-year-old El-Shennawi left the pitch before the end of regulation time due to the injury, while Ahly’s midfielder Hamdi Fathi also left 6 minutes before the final whistle of the second halftime due to the muscle injury.

Liverpool’s star Mohamed Salah then converted a decisive penalty, qualifying Egypt for the AFCON’s quarters with a 5-4 shootout win over Cote d’Ivoire after a goalless draw in Wednesday’s round of 16 clash at Japoma Stadium in Douala.

The Pharaohs were unlucky not to find a breakthrough in 120 minutes, having spurned several clear-cut chances as a jaded-looking Ivorian side failed to keep pace with the record seven-time African champions.

Egypt will be facing a highly anticipated quarter-final clash against Morocco, who came from behind to beat Malawi 2-1 after producing a vivid attacking display on Tuesday.

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