Ramadan Sobhi injury scare played down ahead of Ghana clash

Ahram Online , Saturday 5 Nov 2016

Ramadan Sobhi
West Ham United's English midfielder Michail Antonio (2nd R) vies with Stoke City's Egyptian midfielder Ramadan Sobhi during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Stoke City at The London Stadium, in east London on November 5, 2016 (AFP)

Egypt's influential winger Ramadan Sobhi should be fit to play against Ghana in a crucial World Cup qualifier next week despite hurting a hamstring muscle on his first English Premier League start on Sunday. 

Sobhi featured in Stoke City's 1-1 draw with West Ham United but was substituted six minutes from time after picking up the injury, making way for Mame Biram Diouf.

However, his agent Nader Shawky told local media the injury was minior and would not affect his chances of facing Ghana on 11 November. 

"Great to grab a point in a tough away game. No better way to get ready for Egypt v Ghana," Sobhi said on his Twitter account following Stoke's draw with West Ham.

The 19-year-old is one of Egypt's key performers as they aim to defeat Ghana at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium to go five points clear of their main challengers in Group E of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Pharaohs opened their group with a 2-1 comeback win at Congo while Ghana were held to a surprise 0-0 draw at home to Uganda.

Sobhi made nine appearances with Egypt, scoring a solitary goal which was a crucial one against Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers as the seven-time African champions qualified for the biennial tournament for the first time since 2010.

Egypt will already have to do without Zamalek winger Mostafa Fathi, known as a "super sub", and Ittihad Jeddah's attacking midfielder Mahmoud Kahraba against Ghana after both were injured. 

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