The Egyptian FA have confirmed that Mohamed Salah has provided a second positive coronavirus test.
The Liverpool star will now need to self isolate for 10 days, ruling him out of the top of the table clash with Leicester on November 22.
A statement shared on the Egypt FA’s official Facebook page read: “A second swab was carried out by Mohamed Salah, the national team star and Liverpool English club, and the result showed a positive case of the big star infected with the Coronavirus, and all the procedures are underway and following the necessary global medical protocol for the situation, with the knowledge of Dr. Mohamed Sultan, head of the medical committee Etihad and Dr. Mohamed Abu Alala, the national team doctor.
“The first swab came out positive, but the Egyptian Football Federation decided to do a second swab to confirm the injury, as the big star’s injury case received great attention from the Federation at all levels.
“The star of Egypt has high spirits and none of the usual symptoms of injury, while an isolation room and another room are equipped to be followed up medically, as the team doctor Dr. Mohamed Abu Alala communicates with Dr. Kim Moxen Head of Liverpool medical staff for follow-up and coordination.
Salah 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 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.
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”.
That left Liverpool to await the results of a second test, which, now positive, means Salah will be forced to undergo at least a 10-day quarantine.
Provided Salah does not develop symptoms, he could be able to return against Atalanta in the Champions League on November 25.
Egyptian FA chief Amr El Ganainy says Salah won’t leave Egypt until he has recovered.
Salah’s positive test will now lead to questions after he attended the wedding of his brother, Nasr, earlier this week.
Salah, who scored in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with City, left the Liverpool squad’s coronavirus ‘bubble’ to travel to Egypt for their Africa Cup of Nations qualification double header against Togo.
But he attended the wedding in Cairo before linking up with the international side.
He was pictured and filmed without a face mask or socially distancing, with footage posted on social media showed him dancing with other guests.
Aston Villa’s Mahomoud Trezeguet was also in attendance.
Salah can be seen in some footage wearing a mask as he dances. However, there is other footage of him not wearing one also.
In September, Egypt allowed weddings to be held in open-air-venues – that followed months of banning them in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The government announced that these would be capped at a maximum of 300 invitees – with these only being able to take place in tourist and hotel facilities that obtained health and safety certificates.
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