Tests on the 31-year-old captain revealed the hamstring injury, making him unavailable for the upcoming crucial encounters, including the final group game against Cape Verde and any subsequent last-16 tie. Egypt, a seven-time African champion, needs a victory against Cape Verde to secure advancement in second place in Group B.
Salah, known for his pivotal role in Egypt’s attack, previously salvaged a draw with a late penalty against Mozambique in the opening game. The team faces the challenge of progressing without their star forward until the quarter-finals scheduled for February 2 or 3, provided Egypt advances.
The absence of Salah raises concerns about Egypt’s offensive strategy, and fans eagerly await updates on his recovery as the AFCON 2023 tournament unfolds. The Pharaohs, last AFCON champions in 2010, have encountered adversity in both matches played so far, requiring comebacks to secure draws.
The impact of Salah’s absence will undoubtedly be felt as Egypt strives to navigate the competition without their prolific goal-scorer. The team’s performance in the coming games will determine whether Salah can make a return and contribute to Egypt’s quest for AFCON glory.
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