Egypt have admitted they won’t call up Mohamed Salah for next summer’s Olympics unless their club Liverpool give them permission to do so.
The Reds have suffered a frustrating international breakup highlighted by their main striker testing positive for coronavirus, which ruled him out of their key clash with Premier League leaders Leicester City on Sunday.
After the ordeal, Egyptian Under-23 manager Shawky Gharib, who will take charge of the Tokyo Olympic team, admitted that the Olympic Games schedule just days before the start of the 2021-22 Premier League season and a few months before the Africa Cup of Nations in January meant that the question of his participation was in Liverpool’s hands.
Egypt won’t call Mo Salah for next summer Olympics if Liverpool don’t let them
“We will talk to Liverpool in March,” he said MBC Maser. “We haven’t discussed the matter (a potential Olympics appeal) with the player yet.
The problem is that AFCON will be played a few months after the Olympics, but the Olympics will end and the Premier League will start three days after. But we can’t call Salah without Liverpool’s approval.
Although the football competition is an Under-23 tournament, Egypt hope to include Salah as one of their designated majors where he could take part in at least three group stage matches.
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Jurgen Klopp has previously admitted he doesn’t want to lose Salah during what would be a key pre-season moment for the Reds, but admitted that the lure of playing in the Olympics should be taken into account.
He said in February: “Do I want to lose a player in the preseason? No of course not. But we have to consider different things. I’m going to talk to Mo and all that.
“We know exactly what we want, but we need more information – what will it look like, when will the prep start, all that, and no one has really contacted us until this is just in the media. “
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“But come on, it’s the Olympics, I’m still a sportsman, the Olympics are the Olympics, but you have to see. “
Salah had traveled to play for Egypt in the World Cup qualifiers for the international break but attended his brother Nasr’s wedding before meeting the team where he was seen partying with guests.
The ceremony in Cairo took place the day after he attended an Egyptian FA awards ceremony before he tested positive for coronavirus last Friday.
Despite being asymptomatic, he provided three more positive tests but was still cleared to fly to London on Friday evening. He will go straight into self-isolation before being tested again on Sunday.
The wedding of Salah’s brother Nasr (right) took place in the Egyptian capital of Cairo
Salah tested positive for coronavirus just days after attending brother’s wedding