Premier League decides when Salah can return to Liverpool after testing positive for coronavirus


Mohamed Salah has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time and will not be available to face Leicester City on Sunday. The Liverpool star has been isolated since last Friday after contracting the virus while on an international mission with Egypt.

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.


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