Having missed the Baggies last two games, the Baggies’ boss revealed why the 29-year-old centre back has been out of action
Slaven Bilic has explained why Ahmed Hegazi missed out of West Bromwich Albion’s League Cup game against Harrogate Town on Wednesday.
Against the League Two outfit, he was expected to feature with the manager’s decision to rest Nigeria’s Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley. Nevertheless, he was not listed for action as the Hawthorns’ giants cruised to a 3-0 victory.
Bilic disclosed that the 29-year-old suffered a hamstring injury during training, thus, was unavailable for selection against Simon Weaver’s side – while hoping the injury is a ‘smaller one’.
“Hegazi was on the bench on Sunday,” Bilic told Birmingham Mail.
“He came in on Monday, the guys who didn’t play against Leicester had training.
“He did his hamstring in training, that’s the reason why he wasn’t involved tonight.
“Hamstrings…Monday or even yesterday they didn’t know how big it is. It shouldn’t be big, he didn’t do it in a sprint or anything like that. Hopefully, it’s a smaller one.”
Last season, the African featured in 16 Championship game with one goal to his credit as he battled with injuries in West Brom’s return to the English topflight.
The former Fiorentina man will be examined by the club’s medical staff in the coming days to know the extent of damage.
With this development, he is expected to miss Saturday’s game at Goodison Park, where Bilic’s men would be hoping to get their first win of the 2020-21 campaign versus Carlo Ancelotti’s men.