By Eyong Macdella
Aston Villa’s Ahmed Ibrahim Hassan also known as Trezeguet has been named in Egypt’s final 25-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations despite not been out since April 2021.
The 27-year-old was operated upon after suffering a knee injury during their game against Liverpool on April 10.
This caused him to miss all six of the Pharaohs’ 2022 World Cup qualifier games.
Though still trying to recover, he has continued play at club and scored for Aston Villa’s under-23 side on December 6 and since then he has been an unused substitute for the first team for their past three games.
Head coach of the Pharoahs of Egypt coach, Carlos Queiroz called Treseguet alongside Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, who is set to captain the team, and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny for the tournament that begins on 9 January in Cameroon.
The former Manchester United assistant manager’s squad also includes;Ahmed Hegazi (Saudi Arabia), Mostafa Mohamed (Turkey) and Omar Marmoush (Germany).
The record seven-time winners begin their campaign on January 11 against Nigeria, before playing Guinea-Bissau and Sudan in Group D
Egypt’s squad for Afcon 2021
Goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly, Egypt), Mohamed Sobhi (Pharco, Egypt), Mohamed Abogabal (Zamalek, Egypt), Mahmoud Gad (Enppi, Egypt).
Defenders: Ahmed Fatouh, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh (all Zamalek, Egypt), Ayman Ashraf, Akram Tawfik, (both Al Ahly), Omar Kamal, Mohamed Abdel-Moneim (both Future, Egypt), Ahmed Hegazi (Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia).
Midfielders: Hamdi Fathi, Amr El-Sulya (both Al Ahly, Egypt), Emam Ashour, Ahmed Sayed Zizo (both Zamalek, Egypt), Abdallah El-Said, Ramadan Sobhi (both Pyramids, Egypt), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England), Omar Marmoush (VfB Stuttgart, Germany), Mohanad Lasheen (Tala’a El-Gaish, Egypt), Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet (Aston Villa, England).
Forwards: Mostafa Mohamed (Galatasaray, Turkey), Mohamed Sherif (Al Ahly, Egypt), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England).
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