When Egypt line out against the Nigerian Super Eagles, one major absentee in the Pharoah side will be Ahly midfielder Amr El-Sulaya.
He is reported to have suffered a calf injury before the African Super Cup clash against Morocco’s Raja.
The Cairo giants said on Friday that El-Sulaya is facing at least three weeks on the sidelines after hurting his calf while warming up for the Raja clash, which Ahly had won on penalties following an exciting 1-1 draw in Qatar.
“El-Sulaya started today a rehabilitation program under the supervision of the medical team,” Ahly’s team doctor Ahmed Abou-Abla said.
The 32-year-old is likely to miss Egypt’s opening Nations Cup game against Nigeria on 11 January.
It’s now unclear if Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz will name El-Sulaya in his final squad for the biennial tournament
The central midfielder is a key member of Egypt’s squad under the Portuguese boss, often playing on the left of a three-man midfield.
He took part in all of Egypt’s six games at the FIFA Arab Cup in Qatar, converting a penalty in a 1-1 group-stage draw with eventual champions Algeria.