Abdel-Malek injury adds to Egypt national team's striking woes

Karim Farouk, Tuesday 8 Mar 2011

Haras El-Hodoud international forward Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malek suffered a knee injury that will sideline him for the African qualifier against South Africa on 26 March

Haras El-Hodoud striker Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malek

Egypt manager Hassan Shehata has suffered another blow ahead of a crucial tie against South Africa in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers as Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malek has been ruled out for at least three weeks due to a knee injury.

The 30-year old striker was forced out of his team’s friendly game against Ismaily on Friday and on Monday had to undergo further scans that showed a rupture in the ligament.

“Ahmed will be out for at least three weeks. He will miss our game against Dedebit (Ethiopia) in the CAF Confederations Cup on 18 March and Egypt’s qualifier against South Africa a week later,” assistant coach Abdel-Hamid Bassiouny told Ahram Online.

It leaves Shehata short on striking options as Dortmund striker Mohamed Zidan is still recovering from a broken rib while Ahly marksman Emad Meteb needs at least five weeks after also fracturing his ribs during a friendly game.

Shehata will now set his sights on Ahmed Ali who is currently on loan to Saudi side Al-Hilal and Amr Zaki who is back in action after a knee injury that sidelined the Zamalek striker for four months.

The seven-time African champions are in a must-win situation as they are bottom of the group with just a single point after being held by Sierra Leone 1-1 in Cairo and stunned by Niger 1-0 in Niamey.

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