The 28-year-old had been training with the national team for three days after attending his brother’s wedding in Cairo last Monday. He also received an award from the Egyptian FA at a ceremony in Cairo on Wednesday.
After testing positive for coronavirus, Salah was quarantined in a hotel in El-Gouna, ahead of his county’s African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Togo – which the Pharaoh won 3- 1 Tuesday.
Egypt’s Health Ministry COVID-19 committee chief Hossam Hosny was originally convinced the Liverpool man would return a negative result that would allow him to return to his club on Thursday – as “showing no symptoms” .
However, the Egyptian FA today confirmed that Salah has tested positive again.
A statement on their Facebook page read: “Today, Mohamed Salah, the star of the national team and English club Liverpool, took a new sample to detect the COVID-DIGITS virus, but the result was positive.
“Their case is first followed by the acquaintance of Captain Mohamed Fadl, member of the five-year committee, head of the Togo return mission team and of Doctor Mohamed Abu Alala, the elected doctor. ”
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This means Salah will definitely miss Leicester City’s visit to Anfield on Sunday and that there is a question mark around his availability for the Champions League game against Atalanta next Wednesday.
Premier League protocols state that a player must be quarantined for 10 days after testing positive.
The player would then be retested on Day 10, with a negative result meaning he could resume training.
Egyptian reports suggest Salah underwent his first test towards the end of last week – meaning Leicester’s game will fall within the 10 days of isolation stipulated by the Premier League.
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Arsenal star Mohamed Elneny also tested positive for COVID today according to the Egyptian FA.
Salah and Elneny are among several high profile players who tested positive for Covid-19 during this break and would not be able to leave Egypt without recording a negative test.
If Salah continues to return positive tests, then he will remain in his home country, but ECHO understands Premier League protocol dictates that as soon as he returns a negative test, as long as he is outside of the 10-day quarantine period, he will be allowed to resume training and play games for the Reds.