AFCON: Egypt goalie Mohamed El Shenawy in fitness race for Morocco clash

Mohamed M.Elshenawy — Elsayed Mohamed Elshenawy of Egypt celebrating the goal to 2-0 during the 2019 African Cup of Nations match between Egypt and DR Congo at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt on June 26,2019. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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.

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“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.

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