Ahly suffer injury blow ahead of El-Hodoud test

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 13 Dec 2014

Ahly skipper Ghaly to remain on the sidelines for another week, Awad to remain as the first choice goalkeeper, while Saladin injures his calf again

Ghaly of Egypt's Ahly fights for the ball with Ibrahim Kone of Ivory Coast's Sewe Sport during their African Confederations Cup final soccer match at Cairo stadium, December 6, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS)

Ahly receive a new injury blow this weekend with skipper Hossam Ghaly confirmed to miss Monday's Egyptian Premier League clash against Haras El-Hodoud.

Ghaly, who missed Ahly's last match against Smouha due to injury, will add to the woes of the Cairo giants who are already missing some key players due to injury.

According to the club's doctor, Ghaly is suffering from a muscular strain and needs a week at least before he returns to action.

Promising goalkeeper Mosaad Awad will remain between the sticks against El-Hodoud as veterans Sherif Ekramy and Ahmed Adel are still recovering from injuries.

"Adel still needs to complete his rehabilitation program for a month, while Ekramy will return from the rehab trip in Germany in three weeks," the doctor explained.

On Saturday's morning session, Ethiopian striker Saladin Said suddenly left the pitch after reinjuring his calf, adding to the Reds' woes.

"Said will miss Monday's match. He will undergo further scans in the coming hours," the doctor added.

Ahly is already missing striker Amr Gamal, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury that will see him sidelined for up to six months.

Ahly came back from a goal down to chalk up a 3-1 victory over last season's Egyptian league runners-up Smouha at Alexandria Stadium in the 12th matchday on Thursday.

The win lifted Ahly, who still have five games in hand, to seventh place in the Egyptian Premier League teams' table while Smouha remained in 13th.

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