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Egypt's captain will be sidelined for up to six months.

According to the Egyptian Edition of Goal.com, scans performed today on Ahmed Hassan’s knee have confirmed that the former Anderlecht player has torn his anterior cruciate ligament. The injury will require surgery and the expected recovery time is between four to six months.

Hassan sustained the injury when he fell to ground after being pushed by a Sierra Leone defender in Egypt’s 2012 AFCON qualifier on Sunday. The Al-Ahly player had to be substituted in the 78th minute and his team could only manage a draw against the Leone Stars.

Besides this being a blow to both the Red Devils and the Pharaohs, it is also a personal setback to Hassan who earned his 175th international cap on Sunday and is only two starts away from breaking former Saudi Arabian goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Deayea's world record.

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