Wednesday Aug 19, 2020. 13:00
Al Ahly coach Rene Weiler has mixed feelings over his team’s 3-0 victory over Aswan in the Egyptian Premier League earlier this week.
While the result pushed the Red Devils a step closer to a fifth successive league championship (and a record-extending 42nd overall) the Monday match also saw them suffer three key injuries.
Centre-back Mahmoud Metwalli sustained a knee injury early in the game, winger Ahmed El-Sheikh suffered from a foot injury shortly before the end of the first half, and Angolan winger Geraldo complained of a muscle strain and was substituted during the break.
The trio of injuries comes as a major blow ahead of a showdown with arch rivals Zamalek in the Cairo derby on Saturday 22 August.
“I’m happy because of the result, but I’m deeply sad about the injuries,” Weiler said in the wake of the match, as quoted by Ahram Online.
“We played pretty well during the first 15 minutes, scoring the first goal, and then we were hit by critical injuries.”
Weiler added, “This [Metwalli’s injury] is a normal thing in the world of football. Any joint interception might cause an injury, even during trainings, it happens in football.”
The 47-year-old continued, “The injuries confused our plans, especially since we don’t have enough wingers, which will force us to change our strategies.
“I won’t reveal who’s going to play against Zamalek, but any player who will be ready both physically and mentally will have the opportunity to participate.
“We will wait and see if Geraldo and El-Sheikh will be able to play, and if not, we will find another strategy to use against Zamalek.”