The Egyptian Football Association said on Friday that Salah returned a positive test but he was showing no signs or symptoms. The association later said the star underwent a second test, which confirmed that he has Covid-19.
“Salah is keeping a high spirit and is not showing any symptoms of the virus,’’ the EFA said in a statement.
The association also said the other members of the team tested negative for the coronavirus.
Egypt will host Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday followed by the reverse fixture in Togo on Tuesday. But the news of Salah’s positive test results means he will sit these games out.
He could also potentially miss some of the future Premier League games under current UK Government guidelines despite being asymptomatic.
The UK Government website states: “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.”
Liverpool host Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday 22 November. They will also have a Champion’s League tie against Atlanta the following Wednesday.
Mohamed Salah will likely miss both games as he is starting self-isolation and treatment for Covid-19. Looking back to the start of the season, Salah has started all eight of Liverpool’s PL games.
Salah is also the fourth Liverpool first-team player to test positive for coronavirus this season. He follows Thiago in September and then Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri in October.
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