Zamalek's defender Abdel-Shafi (Photo: Zamalek Official Website)
Zamalek's veteran defender Mohamed Abdel-Shafi is confirmed to be out of action from six to eight weeks after fracturing his collarbone during the 3-1 win over rivals Ahly in the Egyptian Premier League on Saturday, according to the team’s doctor.
"Abdel-Shafi will undergo surgery to repair his fractured collarbone," Zamalek's doctor Mohamed Osama told the club's television channel after the game.
The 35-year-old Abdel-Shafi left the pitch four minutes before the final whistle after sustaining the injury, leaving Zamalek to finish with 10 men, having made four substitutions in a maximum of three slots.
Zamalek took a 13th-minute lead after surviving some early pressure from Ahly, with winger Ahmed Zizo firing into an empty net after brilliant individual work from Moroccan winger Achraf Bencharki on the left.
Ahly's central defender Yasser Ibrahim, who was at fault for Zamalek's opener after letting Bencharki skip past him, made up for the mishap to bring the Red Devils level two minutes past the hour mark, finding the net following a goal-mouth scramble.
Zamalek striker Mostafa Mohamed restored his team's advantage in superb fashion, chesting a cross from Hazem Emam despite being closely marked by Ibrahim, swiveling and hitting an unstoppable volley into the bottom corner.
Youngster Osama Faisal, who came on as a substitute in the final stages, slotted home into an empty net three minutes into the additional time to round off another breakaway and wrap up Zamalek's win.
Ahly remain at the top of the table with 56 points, enjoying a comfortable 14-point lead over second-placed Zamalek.
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