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El Shenawy in fitness race for Morocco showdown

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Egypt’s first-choice goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy is in a fitness race for Sunday’s AFCON 2021 quarterfinal derby showdown against Morocco.

El Shenawy sustained a suspected hamstring injury in the 85th minute of Egypt’s 5-4 post-match penalty victory over Cote d’Ivoire on January 26.

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 January 30 in Yaoundé should the former fail to recover in time for the match.

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