Mohamed Elneny has helped Egypt to two wins over the international break, putting them on the verge of the World Cup qualification play-offs.
Mohamed Elneny might be struggling for any kind of game time with Arsenal at the moment, but that isn’t holding him back with his country.
After playing the only 45 minutes of his Premier League season so far in August, Elneny picked up an injury over the September international break.
The midfielder returned to the Arsenal matchday squad three games before the October break, but he’s yet to play a minute for them.
Egypt are showing that has nothing to do with fitness, as they selected Elneny for consecutive 90-minute appearances against Libya in the space of four days. He helped them to 1-0 and 3-0 wins home and away against the Mediterranean Knights.
Elneny’s national team are now just one win away from topping their qualification group.
In the CAF qualifiers, only the top team from each of the ten groups progresses to the next stage. Those ten teams are then drawn against one of the others to play home and away, and the five winners of those play-offs make the final tournament.
So one more win would send Egypt into those play-offs, at the expense of Gabon and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who currently sit third in the group despite Aubameyang’s goal and assist on Monday.