JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 10: Percy Tau and Hugo Broos (coach) of Bafana Bafana during the South African national soccer team training session at FNB Stadium on November 10, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

He is also at risk of missing Bafana Bafana’s friendly international against France, March 2018.

Percy Tau was ruled out by Fifa Club World Cup. He is now at risk of missing Bafana Bafana’s friendly international against France, which Al Ahly from his Egyptian club have confirmed.

Tau was hurt in the 3-0 Egyptian League Cup defeat to Smouha on Wednesday. He was the star player in an Ahly side that was second-string with most of their players at Cameroon’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Officials at Ahly have confirmed that Tau will be out of action for at least four weeks due to a muscle injury. If it takes Tau longer, it could mean he is in danger of missing Bafana’s highly publicized friendly against the world champions.

“Osama moustafa, the doctor for the youth team, stated that Al Ahly forward Percy Tau sustained an anterior muscle injury,” the club released after the defeat to Smouha. “Moustafa stated that Tau would be out of action for four weeks and will undergo a rehabilitation program to fully heal from the injury.

Tau was replaced by Pitso Mosimane in the game at 69 minutes. He appeared to be feeling discomfort. This is another blow to Tau, who was just returning from Covid-19 absence. For Ahly coach Pitso Mozimane, it is a devastating loss.

Egypt will beat Morocco in the Cup of Nations quarterfinals on Sunday. He will not be able to travel with his top players as they prepare for Monterrey’s Club World Cup second round match on Saturday.

This would be a serious blow, and the team will have to fight hard to win this tie. This is made worse by the loss of Tau.

Fifa somehow scheduled the Club World Cup to coincide with the Cup of Nations. This would be a rare occurrence if it were the European or South American championships. This can be seen as a huge disrespect for major continental finals, and it has caused all kinds of problems for Ahly.

Bafana will take on France during the Fifa International window, which runs from March 21-30. Tau should return to that match if his treatment goes as planned and he has no adverse reactions upon his return.

After beating Palmeiras, a Brazilian side, Ahly came in third at the Club World Cup 2021.

In the semifinals, they were eliminated by Bayern Munich. Tau was at the 2016 Club World Cup Mamelodi Sundowns. His stunning goal against South Korean side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors earned him international attention.