Mohamed Salah injury: Liverpool star to return to Merseyside, skip Swaziland vs Egypt game | Football | Sport
The Liverpool forward was forced off the field in Egypt’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland in Cairo on Saturday.
The 26-year-old was expected to travel with team-mates to Swaziland for Tuesday’s return fixture.
But now after assessment, the Egyptian Football Association have confirmed he will return home to Merseyside where he will continue his recovery.
“Javier Aguirre [Egypt manager] has decided to let Mohamed Salah return to his club and not participate in the Swaziland match on Tuesday to give him more rest,” the statement read.
“During the previous match against Swaziland, Salah complained of stress in the musculoskeletal muscle.
“He was examined medically and radiation [an X-ray] was performed on the area of complaint after the game.”
Salah was on target for the Pharaohs when he scored directly from a corner.
Liverpool next match comes on October 20th when they visit Huddersfield in the Premier League.
It is not yet clear whether Salah will be in contention for the selection.
With further fixtures against Red Star and Cardiff at Anfield, this isn’t the Reds’ most difficult stretch of fixtures he could potentially miss.
Salah has been criticised in recent weeks for his lack of form.
He enjoyed a record-breaking return to the Premier League last season when he scored 32 goals in the league, the most ever scored in a 38-game campaign.
The Egyptian also landed the PFA Player of the Year award before injuring his shoulder in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler defended Salah: “I’m not saying he’s having a bad year so far.
“He’s still a good player, he’s still an excellent player but to replicate what he did last year will be unbelievable.”
Liverpool supporters will now hope he is fit for the return of Premier League action next weekend.