Ahly striker Emad Meteb (Photo: Al-Aharam)
Egyptian champions Ahly will have to do without forward Emad Meteb in Saturday’s day-nine match of the Egyptian Premier League against Ghazl El-Mahalla.
“Meteb needs a rest after sustaining a back-leg muscle stain due to his back-to-back participation in the Maqassa and Ismaily matches,” Reds doctor Khaled Mahmoud told Ahram Online.
The 28-year-old hitman will undergo a rehabilitation program to prepare for a 5 January clash with El-Giesh before the team fly to Qatar for a friendly match with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Fathy still doubtful
Ahmed Fathy (Photo: Bassam El-Zoghbi)
The titleholders have expressed concern about their backline after right-winger Ahmed Fathy was injured in Tuesday’s 1-0 win against Ismaily.
“The medical staff will decide on Friday whether Fathy will play Mahalla or not,” said Mahmoud.
Portuguese manager Manuel Jose, meanwhile, faces a defence crisis as Wael Gomaa and Sayed Moawad were both ruled out for bookings, while Mohamed Naguib and Ramy Rabeia both sustained injuries.
Ahly are currently the runners-up in the table with 20 points, trailing leaders Haras El-Hodoud by five points.
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