West Bromwich Albion defender Ahmed Hegazi could miss the start of the season according to the Express & Star.

The defender is currently away with his national side Egypt at the African Cup of Nations and should they, as expected, go deep in the competition then they wouldn’t play the final until the 19th of July.

The seven times winners are being backed to win the tournament once more and Hegazi will need time to recover after his exertions especially after a taxing Championship season.

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The Egyptian also played in the World Cup last summer for his country and he has been almost an ever present in his two seasons thus far with the Baggies.

West Brom are expected to allow the centre back time to recharge as they are concerned that playing too much could hamper his fitness for the season ahead.

Hegazi has been a revelation since since his initial loan move from Al Ahly in the summer of 2017. That move was made permanent the following January for £4.5million.

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The Midlanders are desperate to keep hold of the towering centre back despite a £10million clause in his contract and the attention he is receiving from potential suitors in the Premier League.

Following his impressive performances in the Championship last season there is expected to be a lot more interest throughout this summer transfer window although it is more likely that his central defensive partner Craig Dawson will depart the Hawthorns.

Dawson has one year left on his contract and has attracted interest from both Watford and Burnley and he could be on his way out of the Hawthorns after nine years.

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West Brom are desperate to keep hold of the Egyptian for another season as they look to push for promotion to the Premier League in the upcoming season.

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