Egypt prepare injured El-Shennawi and Fathi for Tunisia test in Arab Cup

Ahmed Abdel Rasoul, Sunday 12 Dec 2021

Egypt’s key duo of goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi and defensive midfielder Hamdi Fathi are in rehab after suffering from muscular fatigue ahead of Wednesday's FIFA Arab Cup semi-final clash against Tunisia.

Egypt s goalkeeper Mohamed el-Shenawy checks on Egypt s midfielder Hamdy Fathy after a fall during the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 quarter final football match between Egypt and Jordan at the Al-Janoub Stadium in the Qatari city of Al-Wakrah on December 11, 2021. AFP

“As the team’s doctor expected, scans revealed late on Saturday that El-Shennawi and Fathi are suffering from hamstring fatigue,” the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) revealed in a statement on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Fathi, who plays for Ahly, was taken off in the second half in Saturday's 3-1 comeback win over Jordan in the quarter-final after picking up a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, the 32-year old Ahly keeper El-Shennawi was also hurt, clutching his thigh towards the end although he carried on until the end of the 120-minute contest.

“Both players started a rehabilitation program to prepare them for Wednesday’s game against Tunisia,” the EFA statement added.

Egypt had already lost defenders Ahmed Hegazi and Ayman Ashraf for their game against Jordan, due to injuries.

According to the EFA’s statement, Hegazi could boost the Pharaohs defense line against North African rivals Tunisia, as he is close to rejoining the trainings.

Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz said Egypt are capable of making up for the absences when they take on Tunisia.

"We have plenty of injuries and our options are now limited, but we will find solutions for the coming game," he told the post-match news conference.

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