CAIRO: Ahmed Belal did not make Ahly’s 19-man squad for the CAF Champions League final first-leg clash against Coton Sport due to a groin injury.
The 28-year-old striker suffered a groin muscle strain that ruled him out of Sunday’s anticipated game.
He will be sidelined for about ten days, Ahly said on their official website.
Ahly coach Manuel Jose is likely to deploy Angolan Flavio Amado as a lone striker, to be supported by star playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika.
The Portuguese will have just one recognized striker on the bench – Osama Hosni.
Ahly, who share with arch-rivals Zamalek the record of five Champions League titles, will be seeking to take the first-leg advantage when they host Cameroon’s Coton at Cairo stadium.