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  • Ahmed Saleh

Gerrard hopeful for Dembele's return in crucial match against Al Ittihad

AL MAJMA'AH — Al Ettifaq's manager, Steven Gerrard, is optimistic about the potential return of key striker Moussa Dembele in the upcoming Roshn Saudi League match against Al Ittihad. Dembele has been sidelined due to a knee injury since October, prompting offensive struggles for Al Ettifaq. Gerrard hopes for Dembele's involvement in the crucial game against Al Ittihad, acknowledging the team's need for a center-forward. He emphasized the importance of patience in Dembele's recovery, aiming for the right rehabilitation.

Reflecting on the recent 0-0 draw against Al Fayha, Gerrard considered it "two points dropped" and highlighted the absence of key players, Jordan Henderson and Moussa Dembele. Gerrard emphasized the team's defensive solidity but identified issues with the final pass and shot in the attacking third.

On the other side, Al Fayha's manager, Vuk Rasovic, praised his team's strong performance against Al Ettifaq. Despite hitting the post and bar, he expressed disappointment in not converting good chances into goals. Rasovic acknowledged the need for more confidence in finishing. Al Fayha, currently eighth in the table, aims to enhance their attacking prowess in the upcoming fixture against Al Fateh on Saturday, Nov. 25.

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