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Ghaly allowed to return to action

April 22, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Al-Nassr midfielder Hossam Ghaly has been cleared of doping charges and will be allowed to return to action on May 2 in the Saudi King Cup of Champions match against Al-Hilal.

Hossam Ghaly
GettyImagesHossam Ghaly won the African Nations Cup with Egypt in January

Ghaly has been out of action for over a month after testing positive for a banned substance, but a second test proved negative and the Saudi Arabia Football Federation has now lifted his ban.

His agent Nader Shwaki said last week: ''There must be something wrong because Hossam is a professional who is fully aware of the gravity of using banned substances.''

The Egypt midfielder, 28, moved to Saudi Arabia from Tottenham in January 2009, having previously played for El-Ahly, Feyenoord and Derby.