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Egypt's Hegazi dropped by West Brom after training ground incident

AFP , Saturday 21 Dec 2019
File photo: West Bromwich Albion’s Ahmed Hegazi in action. Reuters
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West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic has revealed Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi was dropped from the Championship leaders' 1-1 draw against Brentford on Saturday because of a training ground incident.

Hegazi, 28, has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad and Bilic decided to leave him out following the unspecified problem on Friday.

"Something happened yesterday on the training ground. It was nothing major that I'm going to discuss or share with the media," Bilic said.

"It was little things but big enough for him not to be in the squad today."

Hegazi has made just three appearances for West Brom this season after an ankle injury and is understood to be frustrated at his lack of action.

With Hegazi sidelined, West Brom fell behind at the Hawthorns when Henrik Dalsgaard gave Brentford a shock lead two minutes before the break

Albion's Darnell Furlong equalised in first-half stoppage-time, but substitute Charlie Austin's late effort was ruled out for offside.

Bilic's side stretched their unbeaten run to 13 matches -- the current longest run in the division -- as they moved three points clear of second placed Leeds, who were beaten 2-1 at promotion rivals Fulham.

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