WORLD CUP FOCUS: Egypt suffer Ahmed El-Shenawy blow

WORLD CUP FOCUS: Egypt suffer Ahmed El-Shenawy blow
Zamalek's goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy (R) in action against Wydad Casablanca's William Jebor (L) during the African Champions League (CAF) Semi Final first leg soccer match between Zamalekand Wydad Casablanca at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 16 September 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Apr 17, 2018. 11:32

Egypt national goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy has been ruled out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup due to a knee injury.

According to the national team doctor, Mohamed Abu El Ela, the keeper will not form part of the squad to Russia.

El Shenawy picked up a knee injury in Zamalek's Egyptian Premier League match against Al Ittihad last Thursday and was then taken to hospital for tests.

The injury comes as a massive blow for the Pharaohs as the net minder was a key part of Hector Cuper's World Cup plans.

"El Shenawy had a medical examination which showed he will not be able to play in the next World Cup as he has an anterior cruciate ligament injury," Abu El Ela told BBC Sport.

The keeper also took to Twitter to confirm the injury and thanked Allah and sadly accepted the disappointing news.

"I want to thank Allah for everything, this is my fate and I accept it," El Shenawy tweeted.

"This injury is a test from Allah, the anterior cruciate ligament injury was confirmed and I will travel to Germany soon for treatment. I need a prayer from all of you."

The White Knights keeper was expected to contest the number one goalkeeping jersey with the 45-year-old veteran Essam El Hadary at Russia 2018.

The North Africans have been drawn in Group A for the World Cup where they will face hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.

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