Zamalek's injured El-Sayed resumes light training

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 17 Jun 2013

Whites keep fingers crossed that Pharaohs guard will recover from rib injury in time to join team's campaign for first league title since 2004

File photo: Egypt's Zamalek's goalkeeper Abdel Wahed Al Sayed (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt and Zamalek goalkeeper Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed began his rehabilitation programme on Monday in advance of the upcoming Egyptian League final round on 3 July.

The 36-year-old player suffered a rib injury during the Egyptian national team's training camp in Harare last week. As a result, he missed the Pharaohs' 4-2 win over Zimbabwe and Sunday's 1-0 victory against Mozambique in 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The veteran keeper remains doubtful for his team's final two matches of the league's first round, to be played against Ismaily and Talae El-Geish on 23 and 30 June respectively.

"Abdel-Wahed will start his rehabilitation programme today after ending a two-day rest after his arrival to Cairo," Zamalek's official website reported on Monday without providing a date for the experienced guard's return to training.

Earlier on Monday, Zamalek goalkeeping coach Ayman Taher said he had yet to decide between the club's two other goalkeepers – Ahmed El-Shenawy and Mahmoud Abdel-Rehim 'Genish' – for the upcoming two matches.

The Cairo giants have been drawn to face Ismaily in the opening game of the Egyptian Premier League final round, set to kick off on 29 June. Rivals Ahly, meanwhile, will take on the side – either ENPPI or Smouha – that qualifies.

Ahly and Zamalek both booked places in the Egyptian Premier League final round after topping Groups A and B respectively, while Ismaily came in as Group B runners-up.

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