Ahly’s doctor Ihab Ali revealed on Thursday that the Red Devils’ goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy and defense midfielder Hossam Ashour could miss the game against Monterrey in the third-place play-off of the Club World Cup’s on Sunday.
Ekramy sustained a hamstring strain during Ahly’s 1-0 loss to Corinthians in the Club World Cup semis, and he was replaced by Mahmoud Abul-Seoud, while Ashour suffers from a pelvis injury. Ashour’s absence could be a problem for coach Hossam El-Badry who has already lost defensive midfielder Hossam Ghaly because of a serious knee injury.
"Ekramy’s chances of playing against Monterrey are 50 percent while Ashour has more chances than Ekramy as his injury is not serious," Ahly’s doctor told the club’s official website on Thursday. "The final decision will be made after Saturday’s training"
On the other hand Ahly’s forward Abdallah El-Said has hailed Mohamed Abou Treika’s impact who, despite the team’s loss against Corinthians, gave a strong performance against the Copa Libertadores champions. The 34-year-old played the second half of the game, creating many opportunities for his teammates which they failed to transform to goals.
"Abou-Treika is a great player. His entry gave the team more confidence. After his entry the team’s performance completely changed as we appeared in Corinthians’ dangerous areas many more times than in the first half. He is really a great player.”
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