Baniyas will not rush Egypt's Zidan return

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 20 Oct 2012

The former Werder Bremen, Hamburger SV and Borussia Dortmund‎ hitman will not play until he regains full fitness

File photo: Mohamed zidan (Photo: Ahram Online archive )

Egypt's injured striker Mohamed Zidan is making a good progress in his rehabilitation programme, but UAE's club Baniyas will not rush his return to action.

The 31-year-old forward joined Baniyas in the summer after his contract with German Bundesliga side Mainz expired at the end of last season.

After his UAE league debut later on September, scans confirmed that the Pharaohs star will be out of action for a month after tearing a thigh muscle during his team's 2-0 victory over Al-Shabab.

"Zidan started running sessions after achieving good progress in his rehabilitation programme, but he is still not fit for matches," UAE newspaper Al-Ittihad said Saturday.

"Baniyas technical staff will not rush the player return until he totally recovers," the newspaper added.

Zidan, who launched his career with Egyptian club Masry, has recently said that after his contract with Baniyas ends in two years, he won't return to play in Egypt but will rather only consider offers from the UAE or retirement.

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