MO SALAH tested positive for coronavirus just days after attending his brother’s wedding in Egypt.
The Liverpool forward, 28, is not suffering from any symptoms after returning a positive swab test while on international duty, the Egyptian FA confirmed.
This is the latest blow for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp – who is already without several key players.
Salah, the Premier League’s co-top scorer this season with eight goals, will have to self-isolate for ten days, ruling him out of the clash with Leicester next Saturday.
The Egyptian star attended his brother Nasr’s wedding in Cairo on Tuesday and images have appeared on social media of the soccer star dancing among a small crowd of guests.
He wore a mask pulled back under his nose and around his chin in several images taken during the ceremony, which was also attended by his international teammate and Aston Villa star Mahmoud Trezeguet.
The Egyptian FA initially announced that Salah was the only member of the Egyptian side to test positive before later revealing that three other players were sent for retests.
A statement on their website read: “A second sample was taken for Mohamed Salah and the result showed a positive case of coronavirus infection.
“All measures are taken for this purpose and the international medical protocol necessary for the case is followed.
“The Egyptian star is in a good mood and none of the usual symptoms appear on him.
“A special room has been prepared for isolation and another room for medical follow-up, while team doctor Dr Muhammad Abu Al-Ela communicates with Liverpool club doctor Jim Moxon.
He is now set to miss Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at home against Togo on Saturday and the reverse game on Tuesday.
Apparently, Salah attended an awards ceremony in her honor on Wednesday.
Amr El Ganainy, head of the normalization committee that heads the Egyptian FA, made it clear that his organization has done everything to deal with Salah.
He said: “He got Covid because of our ceremony and our honor?
“Everything was done with coordination with his agent and Liverpool. We have done everything Liverpool asked for.
The former Chelsea ace is not the first world star to contract the virus after Portuguese skipper Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive away from home with his national team in October.
Juventus striker Ronaldo has chartered a private ambulance jet to flee to Italy and continue to isolate himself at his home in Turin.
Salah’s test result is the latest Covid drama to hit football after England’s Premier League stars learned that Alan Browne of the Republic of Ireland – who played 90 minutes at Wembley on Thursday night – has tested positive for the virus after the game.
The Three Lions won the friendly 3-0 thanks to goals from Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and a penalty from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but despite the fear, SunSport understands that the FA is not worried about anyone catching the virus. him during the game.
In September, Egypt allowed weddings to be held in open-air venues, but with a limit of 300 guests and only in tourist and hotel facilities with health and safety certificates.
Salah is the FIFTH Liverpool star to contract the virus after new boy Thiago, Sadio Mane, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita all returned positive tests in recent months.
The news will come as yet another blow to Reds boss Klopp, who also saw Joe Gomez seriously injured during this international break.
Gomez suffered a serious knee injury in training in England on Wednesday and underwent ‘successful’ surgery on a tendon blow with Liverpool hoping he will appear again this season.
The Premier League champions face a growing injury crisis after Trent Alexander-Arnold withdraws from the Three Lions’ service due to a calf problem.
The right-back was injured in the 1-1 draw at Manchester City and is expected to miss four weeks after being sent off the pitch.
Virgil van Dijk, Dutch center-back for Talismanic, is still months away from getting back in shape after sustaining an ACL injury in a controversial collision with England No.1 Jordan Pickford.
Initial fears suggested Gomez could have suffered a similar injury.
The Reds have just welcomed Joel Matip to their exhausted backline, but makeshift center-back Fabinho is also missing.
Midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also absent.
Liverpool have been forced to play Rhys Williams, 19, and last year’s outcast Nat Phillips already this season.