Arsenal's Elneny will recover from injury before World Cup: Egypt's assistant coach

Eslam Omar , Monday 23 Apr 2018

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Arsenal's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny gets attention for an injury before being stretchered off during the English Premier League (Photo: AFP)

Mohamed Fayez, assistant coach of the Egyptian national team, said on Monday that Mohamed Elneny will take no more than three weeks to recover from the injury he sustained on Sunday during the Arsenal game with West Ham.

"I have just contacted Elneny after running scans. Thank God, his injury is minor and will sideline him for only three weeks... He will be in the World Cup," said Argentinean coach Hector Cuper's assistant through his Facebook page.

Concern spread on Sunday after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that Elneny's injury "doesn't look good" after his team's 4-1 Premier League victory over West Ham.

Elneny was carried off on a stretcher after falling awkwardly on his ankle following an aerial challenge with Mark Noble on the stroke of halftime.

The 26-year-old left the pitch in tears and obvious pain, a little less than two months before Egypt make their first World Cup appearance since 1990.

"Thank you for all the love you showed, either in the field or outside it," the player wrote on his twitter account on Monday.

"Your support will make me want to heal faster, and try my best to come back to play along with my mates in the Arsenal, and assist my national team," he added.

The former Basel midfielder is a key member of Egypt's squad. He played a vital role in helping the team reach the African Cup of Nations final in early 2017, scoring in the 2-1 defeat by eventual champions Cameroon.

He was also ever-present in Egypt's World Cup qualifying campaign as the Pharaohs topped their group to end a 28-year wait for an appearance in football's most prestigious tournament.

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