Egypt national team general manager Wael Gomaa has reassured fans that Mohamed El-Shennawy will be fit for the upcoming games against Libya.
The Pharaohs are set to face Libya in a double-header in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers. The first game will take place on Friday at Borg El-Arab Stadium before the second encounter three days later in Libya.
After the sacking of coach Hossam el Badry, these games will be Carlos Queiroz’s first official clashes at the helm of the Pharaohs who will be looking to go to the top of the standings after the two games.
Anything other than victory in both games could jeopardize Egypt’s chances of reaching the World Cup in Qatar.
Ahead of the initial game, Egypt’s number one goalkeeper El-Shennawy left the national team’s training base on Tuesday after picking up a knock, which spread worry among the fans.
However, Gomaa has played down the severity of the knock the keeper picked up, insisting he is fit for the games.
“Mohamed El-Shennawy suffered a bruise during the warm-up before training,” he explained in a press conference.
“It was a strong shot from one of the players that hit his hamstring and caused the bruise. X-rays were performed on the player and the injury is minor and he will be with us tomorrow.
“Meanwhile, Fetouh didn’t participate in the Liberia match due to a minor injury, so Queiroz preferred to rest him and now he is ready to participate. Yasser Ibrahim is also with the group after recovering from the injury he picked up with Al Ahly.”
Liverpool star Mohammed Salah is also in camp and Queiroz will hope he brings his club form to the national team. Salah has scored six goals in seven English Premier League appearances for the Reds.
“The presence of Mohamed Salah gives a morale boost to everyone. Any coach wishes to have a player like Mohamed Salah with him,” he added.
“Salah is a player who honours us all and raises the name of Egypt in the English Premier League and the whole world and an example for players and all Egyptians.
“Queiroz began preparing for the Libya match several days ago. Queiroz is a smart coach with many experiences and knows when to speak and deals with everyone in the sports community, players, media, and officials,” Gomaa concluded.
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