Egypt’s goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy is in a fitness race for his country’s quater-final clash Morocco at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Al Ahly goalie sustained a harmstring injury in the Pharaohs win against Ivory Coast on Wednesday.
The North Africans won the second round encounter 5-4 on penalty shootout after 120 minutes of thrilling football.
The Egypt Football Association (EFA) said in a statement that El Shenawy and midfielder Hamdi Fathi, who was substituted in the 84th minute of the same match, are set to undergo rehab.
“Egypt’s national team doctor Mohamed Abul-Ela confirmed that Mohamed El Shenawy is suffering from a muscle strain, while midfielder Hamdi Fathi sustained an adductor muscle injury,” the EFA stated.
“The two players will undergo medical scans to determine the rehab programme they need to recover from the injuries.”
El Shenawy’s back-up Mohamed Abou-Gabal is likely to start against Morocco on Sunday in Yaoundé should the former fail to recover in time for the match.