Arsenal and Egyptian Men’s National team fans held their collective breath as Mohamed Elneny went down holding his left leg following a challenge in yesterday’s 4-1 win over West Ham, then immediately feared the worst when he required the services of a stretcher to get off the pitch minutes before the halftime whistle. Arsenal has since provided additional information on the severity, and while it’s not the best of news possible it certainly could have been much worse than what it turned out to be:
Further to assessments and scans on Sunday and Monday, we can confirm that Mo Elneny has sustained ligament damage to his left ankle.
We are hoping that Mo will available for Arsenal again this season and we are keeping in regular contact with the Egyptian Football Association.
While Arsenal still have at least two very important matches left to this season, many fans were immediately concerned with Elneny’s status for Egypt as they approach the start of their first World Cup since 1990, a qualification he’s been extremely proud of during interviews and on social media. With this update by Arsenal, it appears that if his rehab goes according to plan he should be available to feature for the club if they qualify for the final, held in Lyon, on May 16th. And if Arsenal fail to make the final, there would be a valid reason to hold him out of play for the rest of the season in order to ensure that he’s able to go to Russia on a fully-rested ankle because, as a fan of the player and respectful for what he’s provided the club in terms of exceptional performances during this campaign, he deserves every opportunity possible that sees him on the pitch as Egypt kick off versus Uruguay on June 15th.