Although Zamalek tied down several of their players to new deals, the future of key duo Ferjani Sassi and Mostafa Mohamed remain in doubt as the team face Enppi in the Egyptian Premier League on Saturday.
Zamalek's deep-lying forward Youssef Ibrahim, veteran winger Shikabala, left-back Ahmed Fatouh and stand-in keeper Mahmoud Gennesh have all signed new contracts, but Sassi is still reluctant to put pen-to-paper while Mohamed wants out.
The White Knights are reportedly still unable to meet the financial demands of holding midfielder Sassi while Mohamed is pressuring the club into accepting an offer from French Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne to sign him in January.
Sassi is missing due to a muscle strain while Mohamed, who scored twice in Zamalek's two opening league games, won't be available for the second straight match as he negotiates with the club a way out.
Zamalek, who lost the league title to perennial Cairo rivals Ahly last term, made a fine start to their new campaign, collecting seven points from their opening three matches.
They were particularly impressive in their previous 2-0 victory over Smouha, with some of their stars, including Moroccan winger Achraf Bencharki, regaining their form.
Enppi made a disappointing start to the season, grabbing just four points from three matches.
Zamalek welcome back key defensive midfielder Tarek Hamed and left wingback Abdallah Gomaa after both had recovered from COVID-19 infections.
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