Ahly's Soliman to undergo surgery, Drogba hails Abou-Treika

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 22 Dec 2012

Ivorian star Didier Drogba says that Egypt and Ahly icon Mohamed Abou-Treika 'always proves' he is a football 'legend'

Walid Soliman (R) of Egypt's Al-Ahly falls as he fights for the ball with Darvin Chavez of Mexico's Monterrey during their Club World Cup third-place soccer match in Yokohama, south of Tokyo December 16, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Ahly playmaker Walid Soliman will undergo knee surgery on Monday that will sideline him for an undetermined period, the Cairo giants announced on Saturday.

"Soliman will undergo a surgery Monday to cure the damage in his knee cartilage," Ahly said in a statement on its official website.

"Despite suffering pain knee pain, the player preferred to postpone the surgery until the club finishes their participation in the Club World Cup," added the statement without disclosing any further details.

Soliman helped the Red Devils to receive $2 million after their fourth appearance at the Club World Cup where they ended the tournament in fourth place.

Drogba praises 'legend' Abou-Treika

Ivory Coast marksman Didier Drogba has hailed Ahly's star Mohamed Abou-Treika after becoming the second Egyptian player to win the best African-based player award on Thursday.

According to Ivorian media reports, Drogba, who lost the African Player of the Year award to his countryman Yaya Toure, was eager to congratulate Abou-Treika during the awards ceremony.

"Congratulations, Abou-Treika. You always prove that you are a football legend," the striker of China’s Shanghai Shenhua addressed the Egyptian star, quoted in Ivorian media.

Abou-Treika played a key role in leading the Red Devils to a record-extending seventh Champions League title in November, following a 3-2 aggregate victory over Tunisia’s Esperance.

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