DOHA: Al Gharafa will miss defender Ilyas Ahmed after medical tests confirmed he suffered a cruciate ligament injury while playing for Qatar Olympic team in a friendly against Jordan here.
Ilyas will to undergo a rehabilitation programme following surgery and will be out of action for some time, the QSL said on their website.
He played in the first and second round in Qatar Stars League, with Gharaf winning 3-0 against Al Shahania and drew with Al Rayyan.
The Cheetahs are second in standings ahead of Al Arabi, Al Duhail and Al Khor on goal difference even though all four teams have the same number of points (four).
Gharafa play Qatar Sports Club in Week 3 at the Al Sadd Stadium on September 14.