Liverpool dealt Mohamed Salah blow as forward ruled out of Egypt clashes due to injury | Football | Sport
Mohamed Salah has officially been ruled out of Egypt’s African Nations Cup qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros over the international break after undergoing injury scans.
The Liverpool forward aggravated an ankle problem which has bothered him since early October in Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester City.
A challenge with Fernandinho left the Egyptian struggling on the turf in the first half. He was eventually replaced by Joe Gomez late on.
Yet despite playing on, Salah is an injury doubt for Liverpool’s trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace a week on Saturday.
The Egyptian FA confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday: “Medical tests confirm Salah is not ready for Kenya and Comoros.”
Salah, who has nine goals so far this season after netting in the win over City, will now seemingly return to Merseyside to rehabilitate.
The Pharoahs take on Kenya on Thursday before facing Comoros on Sunday, but will be without their talismanic attacker for both contests.
Premier League leaders Liverpool will hope that Salah can shake off the knock for the trip to south London as they seek to maintain an eight-point advantage over their rivals.
The 27-year-old missed the trip to Manchester United with the same troublesome ankle issue last month.
It was initially caused by a strong late challenge from Hamza Choudhury late into Liverpool’s last-gasp win over Leicester on October 5.
The former Chelsea and Roma winger limped off shortly after that tackle with the after effects leaving him sidelined for the match against their arch rivals at Old Trafford.
Despite returning to the team, the 2019 Ballon d’Or nominee had shown signs of struggling from the knock still last weekend in a win at Aston Villa, having been substituted off after just an hour.
Yet Salah impressed against Genk in the Champions League despite failing to score and was also key in the win over City.
If he is ruled out of the trip to Palace, with Xherdan Shaqiri having not featured since mid-September, Divock Origi will likely step in for Jurgen Klopp’s charges though Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also deputise out wide.
Liverpool are also sweating on the fitness of first-choice left-back Andy Robertson, who has pulled out of the Scotland squad for ties with Kazakhstan and Cyprus.
The Scotland captain has a swollen ankle and will remain with the Scotland squad for a few days before reporting back to Liverpool.
The Merseyside club will assess the extent of the issue then, but there are fears Robertson could also miss out on the Palace clash, dependent on how his swelling settles over the next 11 days.