CAIRO (AP) — Egypt goalkeeper Ahmed el-Shennawy has been ruled out of the World Cup with a serious left knee injury.
El-Shennawy was expected to be a backup for 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam el-Hadary, who will be the oldest player in World Cup history.
The 26-year-old el-Shennawy was injured while playing for Zamalek against Ittihad on Thursday. Zamalek lost 2-1.
Last year, el-Shennawy was injured in Egypt’s first game in the African Cup of Nations against Mali, allowing el-Hadary to return to the starting lineup for the remainder of the tournament. A seven-time African champion, Egypt was beaten by Cameroon in the final.
Egypt qualified for this year’s World Cup for the first time in 28 years.