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13-Nov-2020, 11:14 pm

Salah in coronavirus positive test confusion as Egyptian FA deletes statement on Liverpool star

Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2020-21

Liverpool have been plunged into confusion afterthe Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announcedforward Mohamed Salah has tested positive for coronavirus - before deleting its statement.

A now-deleted statement on the EFA website said: "The medical swab conducted onour national football team showed that our player, Mohamed Salah, the star of Liverpool, is infected with coronavirus after his test came back 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 betweenthe 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."

However, the EFA has now removed that statement and has put outa differentannouncement,saying three players from Egypt and their opponents on Saturday, Togo, have tested positive and will have a second test before the match.

If Salah is positive for coronavirus, itis a fresh blow for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp,who has already lost central defender Joe Gomez during this international break. The England international was injured during a training session and had to undergo surgery on his knee, he now faces months out.

Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are also long-term absentees with injury for the Premier League champions.

The only silver lining for Liverpool is the case of Xherdan Shaqiri. He posted a false positive when initially being diagnosed with coronavirus while on international duty with Switzerland last monthand did not have to miss any games after passing the second round of testing.

However both Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara have previouslytested positive and were forced to miss the Premier League visit to Aston Villa, which Liverpool lost 7-2 in a stunning collapse.

Salah had been called up for Egypt ahead of a double header against Togo in Africa Cup of Nations qualification. They play at home on Saturday before travelling to the west African nation for the return fixture on Tuesday.

The forward was recently filmed dancing at his brother's wedding, with no social distancing or protection such as face masks. He has also trained with his Egyptian team-mates, with reports in Africa now suggesting the continental Champions League final between two Egyptian sides - Al-Ahly and Zamalek - could be at risk.

The CAF Champions League final is currently scheduled for November 27.

Salah has been in superb form for Liverpool this season, scoring eight goals in as many Premier League games, and 10 strikes in 13 matches in all competitions.

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