Egypt ‘expect’ Salah to test negative for Covid-19 ahead of Liverpool return

The head of the Covid-19 committee for the Ministry of Health in Egypt has confirmed that Mohamed Salah will be able to return to England if he, as expected, tests negative for coronavirus.

Last week, news emerged that the Liverpool forward had returned two positive tests for Covid-19.

That meant he would be placed into self-isolation for ten days, ruling him out of Sunday’s top of the table clash with Leicester City.

There had been fears over when Salah would be able to return to Merseyside, but Hossam Hosny, the head of the Covid-19 committee in Egypt has provided a positive update.

“Salah is currently in El-Gouna to complete his quarantine and he will conduct another PCR test on Thursday,” Hosny explained.

“And I expect that his result will be negative because until now, the player hasn’t shown any symptoms.

“Liverpool are communicating with us to check on Salah, and their medical staff agreed that he would travel to El-Gouna, and Salah can return to England if his test result on Thursday is negative.”

Hosny’s claims are in contrast to the Egyptian national team’s doctor, who suggested the 28-year-old was suffering with ‘mild’ symptoms.

Speaking to the Associated Press about Salah, Mohamed Abou Elela said: "He's a mild case – he doesn't have severe symptoms. He has to self-isolate in Egypt until his test returns negative and then, of course, he can travel back.

"The concerns from the Egyptian authorities are because Mo for Egypt is special. Everyone here wants to help and … to do whatever the whole country can do."

Salah had faced some criticism for allegedly breaching social distancing guidelines before his positive test.

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Images emerged of the Reds ace at his brother’s wedding in Cairo, with some showing him not wearing a mask.

But Salah's hometown mayor Maher Shtayyeh, labelled those suggestions unture.

He said: "All what has been said is false, it does not make sense to hug someone five times in the same wedding.

"Also Salah was extremely cautious during the one-hour wedding, he never took his mask off except for taking photographs. Salah is fine now, he does not show any symptoms, I talked to his father and uncle.”

Liverpool face the Foxes on November 22, before a Champions League encounter with Atalanta the following Wednesday.

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