Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah has tested positive for Covid-19. After having received the results over the weekend, the Liverpool FC star is now in isolation, however, he is reportedly not experiencing any symptoms of the virus.
Salah recently returned to Egypt for international football duty, as well as to attend his brother Nasr’s wedding. News of Salah contracting the coronavirus was announced by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) on Friday, which said that he had taken two tests, with the second confirming that he is positive. Despite receiving a positive Covid-19 result, the EFA confirmed that the Liverpool forward was not displaying any symptoms and was in good spirits. “Salah is keeping a high spirit and is not showing any symptoms of the virus,” the EFA said in a statement.
However, the Egyptian national team’s doctor Mohamed Abou Elela has confirmed that Salah is now suffering from mild symptoms of the virus. “He’s a mild case – he doesn’t have severe symptoms,” Abou Elela told the Associated Press.
Salah is now said to be isolating for the required period of time and will face further tests in upcoming days. However, the result meant that Salah was unable to play for Egypt’s national team on Saturday against Togo, and he will also be unable to play in Tuesday’s upcoming fixture against Togo again, as part of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. While a few Premier League footballers have tested positive for Covid-19, the EFA noted that no other members of the Egyptian national team had tested positive.
The sportsman could now also miss two of Liverpool’s upcoming matches. The current Premier League champions are set to host Leicester FC on Sunday, November 22, followed by a Champions League match against Atalanta BC at their Liverpool home ground Anfield, on Wednesday, November 25.
Upon returning to Egypt last week, Salah celebrated his brother’s wedding with a host of family and friends. Videos were shared on social media of the footballer being encouraged by others to show off his best dance moves.