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Sports News of Wednesday, 8 November 2017


West Brom defender Hegazi withdraws from Egypt's clash with Ghana

West Bromwich defender Ahmed Hegazi will miss Egypt's final World Cup qualifier against Ghana on Sunday due to personal reasons, the country's football association said on Tuesday.

Already-qualified Egypt meet Ghana away from home in their last Group E match, having earned their ticket to next year's Russia finals with one game to spare.

"Ahmed Hegazi left Egypt's training camp on Tuesday for family reasons," read a statement on the Egyptian FA's official website.

Hegazi is the second player to be omitted from Egypt's squad for the Ghana match after Ahly Jeddah left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, who picked up an injury.

Liverpool's in-form winger Mohamed Salah was left out as coach Hector Cuper decided to rest him upon the player's request.

Egypt secured a World Cup berth for the first time since 1990 after defeating Congo 2-1 in Alexandria last month.