Liverpool are sweating on a coronavirus retest, that will determine if star striker Mo Salah must quarantine for 10 days.
The forward was routinely screened under protocols after joining up with his country Egypt for international duty this week, and was found to be positive for Covid-19.
But the Reds have already had two players who tested positive but were subsequently found to be clear of the virus on a second test, and the protocol states that a second check is required.
The Egyptian FA jumped the gun by announcing Salah had tested positive for the virus in a statement released on Friday afternoon, but then deleted that update within an hour.
It is understood they had not retested Salah by that stage, and a new update later merely confirmed that “three players from the Egyptian and Togo teams have tested positive” and a second test would be conducted on the players “to determine their position on participation”.
Salah will get results of the second test before his national team play Togo on Saturday night.
If it also returns positive, then he will be forced to undergo a 10 day quarantine – which would mean he definitely misses the top of the Premier League clash with Leicester on November 22.
But there is still no clarity on where Salah must undertake any quarantine, which raises the fear for the Anfield club that he could be sidelined for even longer.
Current government guidelines allow footballers to use travel corridors when playing, to avoid quarantine.
But if Salah is forced to stay in Egypt for the next 10 days, it is unclear if those rules would still apply, even though he went home for international duty.
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Liverpool will seek clarification on the issue, and it is highly likely he would be able to return back to Merseyside immediately, with isolation precautions, or return after 10 days and play immediately – in the Champions League tie with Atalanta on November 25 – under current regulations.
But there is a small chance it could be ruled that he must quarantine for 14 days WHEN he returns to the UK – which would be a nightmare for the Reds.
That would see him miss FIVE games, and be a bitter blow, though such a decision is regarded as highly unlikely.
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