Date: 25th July 2019 at 12:59pm
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West Brom will begin the new Championship season without one of their most influential defenders as Ahmed Hegazi successfully underwent surgery to repair a long-term ankle problem. The news has left many at the Hawthorns feeling rather bittersweet.

The 28-year-old had been nursing the injury since the end of last season and fought through the pain to feature for his national side, Egypt, at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations. Despite the issue being manageable, Hegazi opted for surgery after speaking to the club’s medical staff upon returning to England this week. With the season just a fraction over a week away, the chances that the centre-back features is rather unlikely.

Many of The Baggies support took to Twitter to share their thoughts – one stated it that it will be a massive loss but it’s probably right the issue is sorted now, rather than deeper into the season. This was echoed by another fan who said it was good news in the long run.

Hegazi made 43 appearances last season as the club were defeated in the playoffs by eventual winners and West Midlands rivals Aston Villa. The Egypt international originally joined the club on loan during their Premier League relegation season but the club exercised an option to sign him permanently at the very first opportunity.

Other fans said Hegazi would be like a new signing upon his return to the first-team whilst another supporter said he was looking forward to him being a rock at the back for them again this upcoming campaign.

You can read the reaction from a number of West Brom fans below:


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