Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations hopes have suffered a blow with the news that goalkeeper Ahmed El Shenawy has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with injury.
The gloves-man started the Pharaohs’ opening Group D match against Mali but was substituted midway through the first half after picking up a knock in the process of making a save.
X-Ray scans have since revealed the presence of a hamstring strain which keep the goalkeeper sidelined for at least two weeks, effectively ending his participation at Gabon 2017.
“Medical scans confirmed that El-Shennawy will not be available to play for us again as he will need to rest for two weeks,” national team manager Ihab Lehita told the media.
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With Sherif Ekramy also having an injury cloud hanging over him, this leaves 44-year-old Essam El Hadary as Egypt’s only fully fit ‘keeper ahead of their second Group D game against Uganda on Saturday.