Egypt’s Salah, Elneny out of league action after positive Covid-19 tests

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Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah (C) and Egypt's midfielder Mohamed Elneny listen to Egypt's coach Hector Raul Cuper (L) during a training session at the Akhmat Arena Stadium in Grozny on June 21, 2018 during the 2018 Russia World Cup football tournament. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Egypt’s forward Mohamed Salah (C) and Egypt’s midfielder Mohamed Elneny listen to the natioal team coach. (Photo credit KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is set to be out of action for an extended period of time after he tested positive for Covid-19 for a second time, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) confirmed.

Salah’s teammate Mohamed Elneny, who plays for Arsenal, also returned a positive test on Wednesday.

“Today Mohamed Salah made a new swab to detect the Covid-19 virus, but its result was positive. Today, Mohamed Elneny also conducted a second swab, which confirmed its positive results,” a statement on the Egyptian FA website said.

Salah first tested positive for Covid-19 last Friday and subsequently began his self-isolation period at a hotel in El Gouna. As a result, he missed Egypt’s 2021 AFCON qualifier double header against Togo.

The 28-year-old cannot fly out of Egypt until he records a negative test. This means Salah will miss Liverpool’s home game against Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday and he may also miss the Champions League return fixture against Atalanta next Wednesday and an away trip to Brighton in the league three days later.

Elneny, on the other hand, will miss Arsenal’s away game at Leeds United on Sunday and is also a doubt for their Europa League game against Norway’s Molde on Thursday.

According to Premier League rules, players must self-isolate for 10 days after a positive test result and cannot return to training until testing negative.

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