2018 World Cup: Egypt lose key players to injury

Egypt and Al Ahly's Abdallah El Said
Abdallah El Said has been in all of Egypt's 2018 World Cup qualifying squads.

Injury has forced Abdallah El Said, Hossam Ashour and Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim 'Kahraba' out of the latest Egypt squad.

The Pharaoh's host Congo Brazzaville in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

El Said and Ashour picked up their injuries playing for Egypt's Al Ahly as they lost to Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel 2-1 in the African Champions League on Sunday.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper has now added three players to the squad as cover Al Ahly's Momen Zakryia, Hossam Hassan of Smouha and Mohamed Fathi from Ismaili.

The 32-year-old El Said has become a a key player for Egypt's Argentine coach Hector Cuper and has featured in all six of his 2018 qualifying squads playing five times and scoring three goals.

Kahraba, has been in the 2018 qualifying squad five times and made three appearances, and he was injured last Thursday playing of Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.

Egypt are currently top Group E with nine points and could qualify for Russia if they beat Congo and Uganda fail to win in Kampala against Ghana on Saturday.