Mohamed Salah tested positive for the Coronavirus a few days after he attended his brother’s wedding in Egypt.
The 28-year-old Liverpool striker has no symptoms after re-testing a positive smear while on international duty Egyptian Football Association Has been confirmed.
This is the latest blow for Reds coach Jurgen Klopp – who is already lacking many key players.
Salah, the Premier League’s top scorer this season with eight goals, will have to isolate himself for ten days, to keep him out of the Leicester match next Saturday.
The Egyptian star attended the wedding of his brother Nasr in Cairo, Tuesday, and pictures appeared on social media of the football star dancing in a small crowd of guests.
He was wearing a mask that was pulled from the bottom of his nose and around his chin in several photos taken at the ceremony, which was also attended by his international colleague and Aston Villa star Mahmoud Trezeguet.
The Egyptian Football Association initially announced that Salah was the only member of the Egyptian team who had tested positive for the virus, before later revealing that it had sent three other players to retest.
A statement on their website read: “A second swab was performed for Mohamed Salah, and the result showed a positive case of infection with the Coronavirus.
“All measures are taken for this purpose and the necessary international medical protocol for the case is followed.
The Egyptian star is in high spirits and has not shown any typical symptoms.
“A special room has been prepared for isolation and another room for medical follow-up, while the team doctor, Dr. Muhammad Abu Al-Ela, communicates with Liverpool doctor Jim Moxon.”
He is now set to miss Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match at home to Togo on Saturday and the reverse match on Tuesday.
Apparently, Salah went to an awards ceremony in his honor on Wednesday.
Amr El Ganaini, head of the normalization committee that runs the Egyptian Football Association, explained that his organization has done everything in the book regarding Salah’s sponsorship.
He said: We had a covid because of our party and our honor?
“Everything was done in coordination with his agent and Liverpool. We did everything that Liverpool requested.”
The former Chelsea star is not considered the first international star to contract the virus, after the captain of the Portugal national team Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive while he was with his country in October.
Juventus striker Ronaldo chartered a private ambulance to escape to Italy And he continues to isolate himself at his home in Turin.
Salah’s test result is the latest Covid drama to hit football after he flagged Premier League stars Alan Brown of the Republic of Ireland – who played 90 minutes at Wembley on Thursday evening – tested positive for the virus after the match.
The Three Lions won the friendly 3-0 thanks to goals from Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s penalty kick, but despite the fear, SunSport understands that the FA is not concerned that anyone will contract the virus from him during the match.
In September, Egypt allowed outdoor weddings, but a maximum of 300 guests, and only in tourist and hotel facilities that hold health and safety certificates.
Salah is the fifth Liverpool star infected with the virus After new boy Thiago, Sadio Mane, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita returned in positive tests In the past months.
The news will be another blow to the Reds Club coach, who also witnessed Joe Gomez sustain a major injury during this international hiatus.
Gomez suffered a serious knee injury in England training on Wednesday and He underwent a “successful” surgery to blow a tendon with Liverpool hoping to make an appearance again this season.
The Premier League champions face an escalating injury crisis after Trent Alexander-Arnold withdrew from the Three Lions assignment due to a calf problem.
The right-back was injured during a 1-1 away draw with Manchester City and He is expected to be absent four weeks after being forced out of the field.
Virgil van Dijk, Dutch defender Talismani, is still out of fitness months after he injured his ACL in a controversial clash with England’s 1st seed Jordan Beckford.
The Reds have received only Joel Matip’s return to their depleted line of defense, but interim center back Fabinho is also absent.
Midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain were also absent.
Liverpool were forced to play with 19-year-old Reese Williams and last year’s outcast Nat Phillips already this season.