Egypt’s team doctor Mohamed Abou Elela has confirmed that Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah is presenting “mild” symptoms of coronavirus.
Abou Elela told the Associated Press: “He’s a mild case – he doesn’t have severe symptoms. He has to self-isolate in Egypt until his test returns negative and then, of course, he can travel back.
“The concerns from the Egyptian authorities are because Mo for Egypt is special. Everyone here wants to help and to do whatever the whole country can do.”
Speculation has arisen about how Salah contracted the virus; videos circulated on social media of him at his brother’s wedding.
Asked if that was where he picked the disease up, Abou Elela could not give a definitive answer.
“I cannot deny. No one knows because unfortunately, we still don’t know everything about the virus,” he said. “My answer is maybe yes, maybe no.”
What is for certain, however, is that Salah will miss Liverpool‘s crunch Premier League clash with Leicester. The table-topping Foxes travel to Anfield next Saturday, with the Reds in third.
What’s more, Salah will miss the Champions League clash with Atlanta a week on Tuesday, also at Anfield. However, that game may bear less importance, given Liverpool have nine points from nine in group D.
Liverpool have ample support
Nevertheless, Liverpool – unlike in previous seasons – have ample support should one of their famed front three lose out.
Diogo Jota has proved a remarkable signing, scoring seven goals in his first 11 games for Jurgen Klopp‘s men.
Furthermore, Xherdan Shaqiri has shown an impressive resurgence this term, with Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi also on hand if required.