Liverpool forward and star player Mohamed Salah has tested positive for coronavirus while playing internationally for his home country Egypt. The reports were confirmed a few hours ago by the Egyptian football federation.
The 28-year-old footballer, who now stands a chance at missing the upcoming Premier League games including those for his home country, tested positive for Covid-19 after tests were confirmed on Friday by the Egyptian Football Federation.
According to the federation, Salah isn’t showing any symptoms yet. Meanwhile, the rest of his teammates were tested and found to be negative and are now under quarantine for the moment.
Egypt will be hosting Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on Saturday, followed by the reverse fixture in Togo on Tuesday. As for now, Salah will be under self-isolation and could miss Liverpool’s next two matches.
The Reds host Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday, 22 November, followed by a Champions League tie against Atalanta at Anfield on Wednesday, 25 November. Salah has started all eight of Liverpool’s Premier League games this season, scoring eight goals.
According to the Egyptian government website: “If you do not have symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the day the test was taken.”
So, the possibility of Mohamed Salah missing Liverpool’s game against Leicester could be high depending on how his symptoms progress in the next few days while under isolation.
Salah is the fourth Liverpool player to test positive for coronavirus this season
Aside from Salah contracting coronavirus, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool is facing a tough road ahead as they’re missing key players such as centre-backs Virgin van Dijk and Joe Gomez who have long-term knee injuries.
The team’s defence is also under threat as they will be playing their next Champions League matches without the presence of their right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who suffered a calf strain during their last league outing at Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Liverpool might be unable to use versatile holding midfielder Fabinho as cover in defence against the Foxes, with the Brazil international still recovering from the hamstring strain he picked up against FC Midtjylland at the end of October.