Ramzi Saleh recently revealed an ACL injury that he has played with for over 10 years and has elected to undergo surgery to repair the problem. As a result, Haras El-Hodoud have elected to cancel the 18-month contract previously agreed upon between the two parties.
Saleh went on the Egyptian program Modern Koora to announce the move. He cited the examples of Essam El-Hadary and Egypt captain Ahmed Hassan as players who successfully underwent the operation and made successful returns to football. Former El-Ahly goalkeeping coach Ahmed Nagy was also invited on the program and stressed that the injury hadn’t prevented Ramzi from preforming at a high level during training.
The move seems to be one designed to prolong the Palestine captain’s playing career. It also gives the keeper a chance to clear up any concerns clubs may have about the injury and shop himself around once the window opens up again in the summer.
Ramzi Saleh is expected to be out 4-6 months and will miss the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers in March. He has stated his intention to be back for World Cup Qualifiers, which are currently slated to kick off in July.