Zamalek's El-Shennawy suffers calf injury

Mahmoud Elassal, Thursday 6 Nov 2014

Zamalek goalie Ahmed El-Shennawy likely to miss Egypt training camp after picking up a calf injury

Ahmed El-Shennawy
Zamalek Keeper Ahmed El-Shennawy (Photo: Reuters)
Zamalek goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy is a major doubt for the Egypt training camp after suffering a calf injury during the Whites' 2-0 win over Haras El-Hodoud in the Egyptian Premier League on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old keeper was forced off the pitch on the stroke of halftime after sustaining the injury, ten days before the Pharaohs' crucial African Cup of Nations home qualifier with Senegal.

"Medical scans have shown that El-Shennawy sustained calf tear and he will be out of actions for five days," Zamalek's doctor announced after the game.

El-Shennawy is currently Egypt's first choice goalkeeper and played in the previous two qualifiers against Botswana after the injury of Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekrami.

Egypt will take on Senegal in a do-or-die mission on 15 November at Cairo stadium, before meeting group leaders Tunisia five days later in Tunis.

Third in Group G with six points, the Pharaohs have no choice but to beat second placed Senegal to keep their hopes alive in the African qualifiers.

Despite their double win against Botswana, the seven-time African champions fear missing the Africa Cup of Nations for the third consecutive time.  

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