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Egypt may drop goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary for Uganda return leg

Veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary will not be in goal for Egypt today when they clash against Uganda owing to injury.

The goalkeeper was injured against Uganda last Thursday in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

However, for El-Hadary to play, he must be 100 percent fit following a knee injury he sustained in their 1-0 loss in Kampala last week.

According to the Egypt’s goalkeeper coach, Ahmed Nagy, he said they are not ready to take risks although they are under pressure to win.

“(Ahmed) El-Shennawy warmed up at half-time and would have played in case El-Hadary could not complete the match. But he completed the match,” Nagy said.

“We are on the threshold of a very important game. We have to win, so we will not take risks.”

Although Nagy said they will not take any chances in the return leg adding that the veteran goalie will have to be 100% healthy to participate, but that all four goalkeepers are ready.

Coach Hector Cuper’s side are second in Group E with six points, one behind leaders Uganda. The two clash at Borg El-Arab Stadium on Tuesday at 20:00 (CAT).

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