Pharaohs’ key quartet still recovering ahead of Tunisia clash in Arab Cup

Mahmoud Sheleib , Monday 13 Dec 2021

Egypt’s injured quartet Mohamed El-Shennawi, Ahmed Hegazi, Ayman Ashraf, and Hamdi Fathi are still following their rehabilitation programmes ahead of the anticipated semi-final clash against Tunisia in the FIFA Arab Cup.

Egypt s goalkeeper Mohamed el-Shenawy kicks the ball 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

The 27-year-old Fathi, who plays for Ahly, was taken off in the second half of Saturday’s 3-1 comeback win over Jordan in the quarterfinals after picking up a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Ahly keeper El-Shennawi was also hurt, clutching his thigh towards the end of the game, though he did carry on till the end of the 120-minute contest.

Furthermore, Ahly defender Ayman Ashraf suffered from a knee injury during the draw against Algeria in the final round of the group stage of the Arab Cup.

All four players have been key actors in the Pharaohs’ lineup, and coach Carlos Queiroz has admitted that he will have limited choices in their absence.

The national team resumed training on Monday after taking a day-off to recuperate from the last match.

After defeating Jordan in the quarterfinals, the Pharaohs are scheduled to meet Tunisia in the semis this Wednesday.

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