Salah KO for Liverpool as striker returns another positive Covid-19 test


Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny have again returned positive coronavirus tests, the Egyptian Football Association has confirmed.

The news of Salah’s first positive test came after he reportedly attended his brother’s wedding, with footage posted on social media appearing to show him dancing with other guests.

Arsenal midfielder Elneny had also produced a positive test while away on international duty, but is said to be asymptomatic.

Elneny played in the first of their two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Togo before his positive test.

A statement on the Egyptian FA website on Wednesday confirmed both players were still showing a positive result.

“Today, Mohamed Salah made a new swab to detect the Covid-19 virus, but its result was positive,” the statement read.

“Today, Mohamed Elneny also conducted a second swab, which confirmed its positive results.”

Salah is said to be showing only mild symptoms, but is in quarantine.

The pair will almost certainly miss out for their respective clubs in the Premier League this weekend.

Liverpool have been hit hard by injuries and illness this season, with Thiago, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson all doubtful for the weekend.

Champions Liverpool host current leaders Leicester on Sunday, while Arsenal travel to Leeds on the same day.

Mido attacks Salah

Salah has been heavily criticised by his fellow countryman Mido.

The 28-year-old was forced into self isolation and ruled out of the African Cup of Nations qualifying double header against Togo.

Mido told Al-Nahar TV: “I know I may be under attack after my next comments, but it has to be that way.

“Mohamed Salah made a big mistake by attending his brother’s wedding a few days before the Egyptian national team match, he showed great negligence with the steps taken to prevent the coronavirus and the result was that he was infected.

“The neglect of Mohamed Salah caused the Egyptian team to lose an important player in a very important match and time, and he also risked the health of his team-mates.”