Percy Tau: Al Ahly reveal injury problem and expected return date


Al Ahly have provided a major update on marquee off-season signing Percy Tau ahead of the start of their 2021/22 campaign.

Tau, 27, joined the record 10-time African Champions League winners last month in a deal worth a reported R30-million from Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion amid major fanfare.

But upon his return to Cairo after the recent FIFA international break where he featured in the Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Ghana - he reported back with an injury that ruled him out of the Egypt Super Cup.

Ahly subsequently lost to El Gaish on Tuesday evening 3-2 on penalties after the season-opening clash ended 0-0 after 120 minutes.

But the club's head of medical staff Ahmed Abo-Ablaa has confirmed that the Bafana Bafana star should be ready to return to full training next week and quashed concerns of any long-term issues over his fitness.

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"Tau doesn't have any chronic injuries, he suffered this injury during his stay in his national team's camp," Abo-Ablaa said in a segment on Al Ahly TV this week.

"When Percy returned to Egypt, we checked his current state, he's suffering a partial hamstring tear, it's nothing serious."

"The player started his solo training alongside his physical therapy. He's recovering day after day and will be joining the team's training in a week or so."

Tau will be likely to miss their Egypt Cup clash against ENPPI on Saturday before the next international break where Bafana Bafana are set to face Ethiopia home and away.