Liverpool star player, Mohamed Salah tested positive for coronavirus, Egyptian Football Association (EFA) have confirmed.
This comes after initial confusion over the star’s test result.
The EFA originally announced on Friday that Salah had tested positive before later deleting the statement and putting out a different announcement, saying three players from Egypt and their opponents on Saturday, Togo, tested positive and will have a second test before the match.
But a follow-up statement from the EFA later on Friday confirmed that Salah’s second swab had also come back positive, meaning the 28-year-old will now be forced into self-isolation.
“A second swab was carried out by Mohamed Salah, the national team and Liverpool star, and the result showed a positive case of the big star infected with the coronavirus,” an EFA statement said.
“The first swab came out positive, but the Egyptian Football Federation decided to do a second swab to confirm the result, as the big star’s case received great attention from the federation at all levels.
“The star of Egypt is in high spirits and has no symptoms, 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, the head of Liverpool’s medical staff, for follow-up and coordination.”
The news is 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.