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Striker Meteb back for Egypt's Ahly after injury layoff

Emad Meteb is in contention to feature in Ahly's upcoming African Champions League game at South Africa's Orlando Pirates after recovering from a niggling back injury

Ahram Online, Tuesday 17 Sep 2013
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Ahly striker Emad Meteb (Photo: Ahram)
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Emad Meteb is in line to make his comeback in Ahly's African Champions League clash at South Africa's Orlando Pirates on Sunday after recovering from a niggling back injury, the Egyptian club said on Tuesday.

The Egypt striker has been out of action for around three months after undergoing surgery to cure a back injury that has blighted him in recent years.

"The back pains are over now after the surgery. I just need to play to regain match fitness," Meteb said in a television interview.

"I don't know what I will do if the injury is aggravated again. But in that case, I may retire from football."

Ahly said he might be included in the team's squad for the Orlando clash in Johannesburg.

In the 30-year-old's absence, Ahly have relied on either Ahmed Abdel-Zaher or El-Sayed Hamdi to play as a lone striker but neither has impressed.

The Red Devils have already ensured their progress to the Champions League semis with one match to spare. The title holders, who top Group A with 10 points, need a draw against Pirates to advance as the group leaders.

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