CAIRO: Zamalek will once again have to do without striker Amr Zaki when they face Masri in the Egyptian Premier League on Saturday.
The Bulldozer is yet to recover from a hamstring injury that ruled him out of Tuesday s goalless draw with Ahly in the Cairo derby.
I still don t know when I will travel to Germany for treatment. I will not be able to play against Masri, he told FilGoal.com on Wednesday.
Zaki s absence clearly affected Zamalek as they aim to end a barren run that saw them slip to 13th place in the 16-team league table. Just one point separates them from the relegation zone.
Lack of firepower cost Zamalek what might have been a precious victory over arch-rivals Ahly.
Ahmed “Mido Hossam, who was fielded as a lone striker, squandered two clear-cut opportunities with new coach Hossam Hassan struggling to find an alternative.
Mido could have turned the match upside down if he had scored, Hassan told the post-match press conference.
Diminutive striker Sherif Ashraf scored three goals so far this season but is often criticized for wasting too many chances. He was left out of Zamalek s squad for the Ahly clash.
Ahmed Gaafar, who joined in the close season from Telecom Egypt, is yet to impress while Sayed Mosaad, another summer arrival, did not have much time to make an impact.