Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Egypt, his country’s football association has announced.
A statement on the Egyptian Football Association website read: “The medical swab conducted on our national football team showed that our player, Mohamed Salah, the star of Liverpool, is infected with coronavirus after his test came positive.
“Although he does not suffer from any symptoms, while the other members of the team tested negative.
“Our international star underwent the medical protocol after contact between the doctor of the team.
“Mohammed Abu Al-Ola, and his English club Liverpool, in addition to isolating him inside his room and also isolating all contacts.
“Our star is subject to more checks during the coming hours.”
Salah has become the third Liverpool player to have tested positive for Covid-19. Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara have both recovered from the virus.
The timescale of Salah’s absence remains unclear, with the Reds back in action against Leicester on November 21.
But should the 28-year-old be unavailable for that Premier League clash, Jurgen Klopp will have options at his disposal. Indeed, Diogo Jota could step in alongside Roberto Firmino and Mane up front.
Egypt are yet to play during November’s international break. They host Togo in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday. On Tuesday, meanwhile, they travel to Togo in the same competition.
Salah did not take part in October’s international break, but reclaimed his spot this month.
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Meanwhile, Salah’s potential absence from Liverpool duty could make him one of several stars currently out.
The Reds face a defensive crisis, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both on the sidelines with serious knee problems.
Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has a calf issue, while midfielders Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also absent.
As for how Liverpool could solve their defensive problems, TEAMtalk understands a free agent defender is on their radar.