Mohamed Elneny will undergo tests in the ‘coming days’ after the midfielder picked up a calf strain that ruled him out of Egypt’s 1-0 win over Morocco in the AFCON quarter final.
“Considering the injury of Mohammed Elneny, he has a strain in his muscle and we are going to send a medical report to his club Arsenal about his injury because he was injured and we discovered this today (Sunday) this morning,” Egypt coach, Hector Cuper, said on Sunday night.
“Mohamed is going to be examined and be treated during the coming days and we hope that if we manage to reach the final then he can participate with us and have a chance to join the team again,” explained Cuper.
That he has to have any sort of test at all would indicate that it’s unlikely he will feature in the next game for Egypt, which his manager seems to also confirm in that statement.
They are set to face Burkina Faso in the semi-final on Wednesday. Even if they lose this match, and Elneny is fit, he will not be back in time for Chelsea on 4 February as Egypt will have to play a third-place play off on the same day.
The final, meanwhile, will take place on 5 February.
If the injury is severe enough to rule him out for the rest of the tournament, he will return to Arsenal for treatment. Worth noting that ‘severe enough’ in this case only needs to be one-week.
Source: SA Football News