Tunisia star Sassi tests negative for the coronavirus

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The 28-year-old is free from the virus and could be available for Sunday’s Caf Champions League semi-final fixture against Raja Casablanca

Tunisia international and Zamalek midfielder Ferjani Sassi has tested negative for Covid-19 and could be available for Sunday’s Caf Champions League first-leg semi-final against Wydad Casablanca.

President of Egyptian Premier League side Mortada Mansour disclosed on Sunday evening the 28-year-old could have contracted the coronavirus while on international assignment.

However, the former Metz star quashed the news claiming he put himself in isolation after direct contact with someone who had the coronavirus.

“Clarification: Respecting the health protocol in place in my country, I decided on my own to put myself in self-quarantine for five days after I had direct contact with Covid-19. Everything about my health is just a rumour,” he tweeted.

Nevertheless, Goal gathered that the test carried out on the 28-year-old on Wednesday afternoon was negative, and he is expected to travel to Morocco on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm Tunis time.

Sassi will undergo another test when he lands in Casablanca before joining the rest of Jaime Pacheco’s squad.

Zamalek’s general supervisor Amir Mansour had disclosed that the technical staff and medics would decide if he would feature against Wydad.

“The medical and technical staff will decide whether or nor Sassi plays. The player told the team doctor that he has contracted the coronavirus,” Mansour told Zamalek’s official website.

“We contacted the Tunisian Federation demanding a full medical report but we didn’t receive anything yet. We’re still waiting for it to determine the medical aspect.

“The technical aspect is decided by the manager, Jaime Pacheco. He’s the only one to decide whether or not Sassi will be counted for the game.”

The midfielder has been crucial in Zamalek’s march to the competition’s last four – playing all 90 minutes in eight of their nine outings.

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Sassi began his professional career at CS Sfaxien before moving to Metz five years later. After one season with the Maroons where he scored one goal in 39 appearances, he returned home to feature for Esperance.

He teamed up with Zamalek after a brief spell at Saudi Pro League outfit Al Nassr. He has helped the Cairo based team win the Caf Confederation Cup, Egyptian Cup, Egyptian Super Cup and the 2020 Caf Super Cup.

On the international scene, he played his first game with the senior national team on June 8, 2013 as the North Africans played to a 2-2 draw with Sierra Leone.