Mohamed Elneny will miss Egypt’s World Cup qualifier with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon after picking up a muscle injury.
The news comes after the midfielder missed Wednesday’s clash with Angola due to travel restrictions imposed by the Premier League on the UK’s COVID-19 red-listed countries, which includes his homeland.
Having been forced to stay in London, the 29-year-old took part in Arsenal’s behind-closed-doors friendly with Brentford but was substituted after 33 minutes to be replaced by Charlie Patino. We’re guessing that this is when the injury occurred.
Hopefully, it’s not too serious given Granit Xhaka is suspended for Arsenal’s next three games and Thomas Partey is yet to resume full training following his pre-season ankle injury.
On a separate note, it looks like Mo’s chances of joining Besiktas have disappeared. According to various reports, the Turkish club, with whom he spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan, had expressed an interest in re-signing the midfielder but have since recruited Miralem Pjanic from Barcelona.