Soccer Saudi Arabia name World Cup squad without regular top-flight keeper

Saudi Arabia coach Herve Renard named four goalkeepers, including three who are not regulars at their clubs, in a preliminary 32-man squad for the World Cup starting next month.

The French coach called up Mohamed Al-Owais, Fawaz Al-Qarni and Nawaf Al-Aqidi, who are not first choices for Al-Hilal, Al-Shabab and Al-Nassr respectively. The fourth keeper, Mohamed Al-Yami, plays for second-tier Al-Ahly.

Renard recalled Ittihad midfielder Abdulrahman Al-Aboud after he was left out of September's friendlies.

He also called up Abha midfielder Riyadh Sharahili, 29, who made his international debut last month.

Al-Hilal duo Mohamed Kanno and Abdulelah Al-Malki were also included in the squad even though they have not played this season. Al-Malki has been out since suffering a serious knee injury in February.

The Saudis play five warm-up games in Abu Dhabi against North Macedonia, Albania, Honduras, Iceland and Panama this month and in early November.

Saudi Arabia play in Group C in Qatar along with Argentina, Mexico and Poland. They held fellow World Cup finalists Ecuador and the United States to goalless draws last month.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Mohamed Al-Owais (Al-Hilal), Fawaz Al-Qarni (Al-Shabab) Nawaf Al-Aqidi (Al-Nassr), Mohamed Al-Yami (Al-Ahly)

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