Egypt defender Rami Rabia fighting for the ball with Chile star Alexis Sanchez (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt and Ahly defender Rami Rabia has announced he will be out of action for two months after picking up a serious ankle injury in training ahead of 2-0 win over Zamalek in the Cairo derby last week.
"I twisted my ankle during a training session in preparation for the Cairo derby game," Rabia told a television programme late on Wednesday.
"I underwent medical scans that showed that I suffer from a serious ankle injury and it needs time to recover," he said.
"I am following the instructions of the team's doctor in order to recover from the injury as soon as possible," the Egypt international midfielder added.
The 22-year-old defender had just returned from a serious knee injury that kept him out of action for a long spell.
Rabia made two appearances after that recovery: coming on as a late substitute in a 3-1 league win over Masry, and playing the full 90 minutes against lower-tier Aluminum in the Egypt Cup.
"I have two months on the sidelines to recover from my injury and return to action again," Rabia said.
2017 African Cup of Nations
Rabia has been excluded from Egypt's national squad for the 2017 African Cup of Nations, which will be played in Gabon from 14 January to 5 February.
"Sure, I had hoped to take part in the African Cup of Nations as it's an important competition; I hope my teammates achieve another success during the tournament," Rabia said.
"The tournament will be easy for Egypt if they win big in the opening game; the remaining games will be easy to win," he added.
The Pharaohs are set to take on Ghana, Mali and Uganda in Group D of the 2017 African Cup of Nations.
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