Egypt sweat over keeper Abou-Gabal’s fitness – News – AFCON 2021

Egypt s goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal gestures, throughout the African Cup of Nations 2022 quarter-last soccer match between Egypt and Morocco on the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. AP The Zamalek keeper had to get replaced in additional-time in opposition to Morocco with a groin harm, making means for third-alternative goalie Mohamed Sobhi, who made his worldwide debut.
“The nationwide staff performed their coaching session in Stade Olembe whereas Abou-Gabal is continuous his rehab,” the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) stated in an announcement. 
Abou-Gabal, Egypt’s second-alternative keeper who deputised for Mohamed El Shennawi after the latter picked up a hamstring harm within the spherical of 16 conflict in opposition to Cote d’Ivoire, made an immediate influence with the Pharaohs. 
He blocked the penalty which gifted Egypt a shootout win over the Elephants earlier than pulling off some very good saves within the 2-1 additional-time victory over Morocco within the quarter-last. 
According to reviews coming from Cameroon, Abou-Gabal is unlikely to get better in time for the final-4 sport in opposition to the hosts regardless of the large efforts he’s placing in.  
This will depart coach Carlos Queiroz with 22-12 months previous sobhi between the sticks and fourth-alternative keeper Mahmoud Gad, 23, on the bench as El-Shennawi has been dominated out for no less than three weeks.
The report seven-time African Champions may even miss towering defender Ahmed Hegazi, who sustained an adductor harm and has been dominated out of the match.
However, Queiroz will welcome again defender Mahmoud “El-Wensh” Hamdi, who is about to accomplice Mohamed Abdel-Moneim in central defence, and tireless midfielder Hamdi Fathi after each had recovered from muscle accidents.
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