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The Black Stars hope to have Mohammed Kudus back as they look to bounce back from an opening defeat
Mohammed Kudus is set to return for Ghana to face Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday night.

The West Ham forward picked up a minor hamstring injury against Arsenal last month and was still contending with the issue heading into the tournament, missing Ghana’s AFCON opener against Cape Verde.

The Black Stars lost that match, immediately putting them on the back foot in Group B, and they now face a tough test against Egypt as they look to get their campaign back on track.

Kudus has returned to full training and is in contention for Ghana, with Chris Hughton potentially bringing him straight into the starting XI

There are options for Ghana should Kudus miss out again, with Andre Ayew and Inaki Williams both only getting cameos off the bench against Cape Verde.

Egypt are not believed to have picked up any fresh injury concerns in their dramatic opening draw with Mozambique. Mohamed Salah scored a 97th-minute penalty to earn a draw for his country, but it was still two points dropped.

Mohamed Elneny started that match and played 78 minutes, more than he has managed in total for Arsenal this season. He appeared to come through it unscathed and is set to start in midfield again.

Trezeguet had a quiet game for Egypt compared to team-mates Salah and Mohamed, and faces competition on the left wing from Omar Marmoush.

Predicted Egypt XI: El-Shenawy, Hany, Hegazy, Abdelmonem, Hamdi, Zizo, Elneny, Fathi, Marmoush, Mohamed, Salah