Egypt and Baniyas striker Mohamed Zidan will be out of action for four weeks after tearing a thigh muscle during his team's 2-0 victory over Al-Shabab on Sunday, UAE newspaper Al-Ittihad said Wednesday.
The 31-year-old forward told the newspaper he would never play in the Egyptian Premier League again and would only consider offers to play for other clubs in the UAE once his contract with Baniyas was over.
Zidan made an excellent debut with his Emirati side last week when he scored in the 2-1 win over Al-Dhafra in the UAE Cup.
"I am disappointed but will fight to return to action as soon as possible. I want to continue my campaign to achieve glory with Baniyas," Zidan said.
Zidan joined Baniyas in the summer after his contract with German Bundesliga side Mainz expired at the end of last season.
"I have achieved all my goals with European clubs over 14 years and now it is time to make my own history here in the Arab football world," the former Werder Bremen, Hamburger SV and Borussia Dortmund hitman declared.
"Baniyas' offer was the most serious one I received and I hope my vast experience in Europe will help me lead the team to the league title this season.
"When my contract with Baniyas ends in two years, I won't return to play in Egypt and will only consider offers from the UAE, or I'll retire," explained Zidan, who launched his career with Egyptian club Masry.
Zidan has been one of Egypt’s key players since making his international debut in a 2007 African Nations Cup qualifier.
He played a pivotal role in helping the Pharaohs win the biennial tournament in 2008 and 2010, and was also part of the squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, where he famously scored against five-time world champion Brazil.
However, Zidan fell out favour with Egyptian national team bosses in July after looking for a new team to play with and skipping preparations for the Nations Cup qualifiers.
"I apologised to the technical staff as I was searching for a new club. They haven't contact me since then and the coach is upset," concluded Zidan.
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