Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is showing “mild” symptoms of the coronavirus, according to an update from Egypt’s national team doctor.
The 26-year-old has been forced to isolate himself after returning from two positive tests while in international charge.
Salah is currently recovering at home and has been ruled out of Liverpool’s next match against Leicester on Sunday 22 November.
He has already lost Egypt’s African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Comoros and has been ruled out due to two clashes with Togo the following week.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Dr Mohammed Abu LL said: “He is a mild case. He has no serious symptoms or shortness of breath.
“He will have to self-destruct in Egypt until his test returns negative and of course he can go back.”
Liverpool are already without a number of stars due to injury and the loss to Salah is a severe blow to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.
Just days before reporting for international duty, Salah was pictured attending his brother’s wedding in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Asked if Salah’s presence at the wedding was the cause of her coronavirus diagnosis, Dr. LL replied: “No one knows. Unfortunately we still don’t know everything about the virus. My answer is yes, probably not.”
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He added: “Moe has a very good reputation and he is one of the best players in the world. [In Egypt] He is special. Everyone here wants to help and do what the whole country can do.
“Yesterday, I had phone calls from everyone [asking] How can they help.
“But we’re playing football. What happened is happening in football all over the world now.”
Dr El Ila has contacted Jim Maxon, head of Liverpool’s medical staff, but Salah must end his separation period under Egyptian guidelines before returning to the UK.
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