Mohamed Zidan has given Egypt an injury scare ahead of their crunch World Cup qualifier against Algeria by limping out of Thursday’s training session.
The Borussia Dortmund forward suffered a shin bruise after a collision with Harras Hodoud defender Ahmed Saied ‘Ouka’.
“Things will be clearer on Friday over Zidan’s chances of playing against Algeria,” Egypt doctor Hossam Al-Ebrashi told Modern Sport.
“However, I’m optimistic that he will be able to recover in time for Sunday’s clash.”
Egypt coach Hassan Shehata will cross his fingers and hope that Zidan becomes available for the anticipated game as he already lost Ahli striker Emad Meteb to injury.
Middlesbrough’s Mido, who finished a six-month loan spell at Wigan Athletic, was left out of the match’s squad.
If Zidan fails to make a full recovery, Shehata will probably field Amr Zaki as a lone striker against Algeria in Blida.
The other frontmen at Shehata’s disposal, Ahmed Raouf and Ahmed Abdul-Ghani, might find it difficult to make the starting line-up due to lack of international experience.