Salah assessments constructive for Covid-19


Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has tested positive for Covid-19, the Egyptian association has confirmed.

The Egyptian Association said on Twitter that Salah returned a positive test, even though the 28-year-old is showing no symptoms.

The governing body added the rest of the Egyptian team were negative for coronavirus, while Salah is now self-isolating and "will have further controls over the next few hours."

Egypt will host Togo in a qualifier for the African Nations Cup on Saturday before playing the second leg on Tuesday.

Liverpool will play against Leicester on November 21. A game that, under current UK government guidelines, Salah would miss out on, despite being asymptomatic.

The government website states, "If you have no symptoms but test positive for COVID-19, stay home and self-isolate for 10 days from the day the test was taken."

It would also leave him in doubt for the Champions League home game against Atalanta on November 25 as he cannot train with his teammates.


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The news comes after Liverpool defender Joe Gomez lost to a long-term injury despite the club's confidence that the England international will return before the end of the season.

Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to be sidelined for four weeks with a muscle injury, while Virgil van Dijk is sidelined for knee surgery following a collision with Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby.

After Thiago in September and Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri in October, Salah is the fourth first-team player in Liverpool to have tested positive for coronavirus this season.

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Virgil van Dijk talks to Joe Gomez during a training session in Liverpool
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez (right) will both miss Liverpool's home game against Leicester with long-term knee injuries

Analysis by Richard Morgan of Sky Sports:

Mohamed Salah's positive test for Covid-19 means the Egyptian striker is now joining a growing list of players who will miss Liverpool's top bout against Leicester City this coming weekend in Anfield.

Jürgen Klopp has already lost center-backs Virgin van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long-term knee injuries, while the Premier League champion's defense will also miss regular right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold due to a calf strain in the last division. Trip to Man City.

Meanwhile, Liverpool may not be able to use the versatile midfielder Fabinho as cover for the Foxes defense. The Brazilian is still recovering from the thigh strain he suffered against FC Midtjylland in late October.

Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a suspected calf injury in the 63rd minute of Sunday's draw with Manchester City
Trent Alexander-Arnold sustained a calf injury last time he played against Man City

All of this means Klopp will fall behind on three of his top four when the Premier League returns to action after the international break. The midfield is also a problem area for the German.

Thiago Alcantara, who signed this summer, is still suffering from the aftermath of the knee injury he sustained against Everton on October 17, although hopes the playmaker may be fit enough to face Leicester .

The same does not apply to midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who injured his knee in pre-season training at the end of August and has not yet resumed training.


Steven Gregory