Mohamed Elneny will miss Egypt’s African Cup of Nations semi-final with what coach Hector Cuper described as a ‘bad calf strain’.
With the semi and final just four days apart, it would be something of a miracle if he were to overcome the issue, but the Argentine who has managed the likes of Inter Milan, Mallorca, Valencia and Parma, is hopeful.
Speaking after the 1-0 win over Morocco in the quarter-final, he said, “Elneny has a bad calf strain. We will send a medical report to his club.”
“He will have tests and we hope that if we manage to reach the final he will be able to return.”
Arsene Wenger will be hoping that the 24 year old isn’t too badly injured. With Santi Cazorla injured, Granit Xhaka suspended for three more games, and just Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey as established central midfielders, he would prefer to have as many options as possible.
However, the performance of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Southampton suggested he might well be in consideration, especially after Wenger’s comments about his future earlier today.