West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi has offered his apology to caretaker manager James Shan after the 3-2 win against Hull on Friday.
The 28-year-old was replaced in the 18th minute of the victory for Tosin Adarabioyo, and did not take to the substitution very kindly despite having an ankle injury – however, he offered his apology to Shan at half-time over the way in which he behaved.
“He’s been frustrated with this (ankle) injury for a number of weeks. He didn’t want to come off the pitch, but credit to the man, having the humility to apologise at the first opportunity,” Shan said, as relayed by Express and Star reporter Matt Wilson on Twitter.
Ahmed Hegazi apologised to Jimmy Shan at half-time. Shan said: "He's been frustrated with this (ankle) injury for a number of weeks. He didn't want to come off the pitch, but credit to the man, having the humility to apologise at the first opportunity." #wba
— Matt Wilson (@mattwilson_star) April 19, 2019
If Hegazi was already carrying a slight injury going into this match, then it is no surprise that Shan took him off early in the first half, right? However, Hegazi did not take to this too kindly by the sounds of it, but you cannot really blame him. He obviously thought that he was completely fine to play, but Shan was no doubt taking a precaution in cause the problem got worse. That is what managers should do, as he would have taken the blame if Hegazi had aggravated it if he had played the entire match. Nevertheless, Hegazi obviously realised that the way that he reacted was completely out of line, and he was gracious in the way that he apologised at half-time over the way in which he conducted himself. He may have been frustrated with the manager’s decision, but he did not need to throw his toys out of the pram.