Egypt and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny will not recover from injury in time to ace Burkina Faso in Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final.
The 24-year-old is still nursing a calf problem that kept him out Sunday’s 1-0 quarter-final win over Morocco.
“Elneny has a bad calf strain. We will send a medical report to his club,” said coach Hector Cuper.
“He will have tests and we hope that if we manage to reach the final he will be able to return.”
Egypt will face Burkina Faso in their semi-final in Libreville on Wednesday and they are likely to be without striker Marwan Mohsen for that game, too.
Mohsen came off in the first half against Morocco.
Cuper said: “Mohsen looks to have a serious problem with a knee but we will need to carry out more detailed tests.”
Egypt’s progress to the last four keeps them on course to win a record-extending eight Nations Cup title, and their first since 2010.