The Egyptian FA have denied any agreement with Liverpool that would see the forward miss Egypt’s game against Swaziland and maintain that Salah is injured.
On Friday, Salah’s Egypt beat Swaziland 4-1, with the Liverpool attacker scoring directly from a corner before suffering a muscle injury in the 89th minute and prompting speculation over whether or not he would be fit to play Huddersfield on Saturday.
After Egypt’s 4-1 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win over Swaziland, assistant coach Hany Ramzy told Bein Sports: “The initial diagnosis, according to the team doctor, is a strong muscle strain. It is not a tear. I think it is not serious.”
There is yet to be any official word on the extent of the injury but Goal UK reporter Neil Jones says that Liverpool are yet to rule the Egyptian out of action.
There have been some controversial suggestions that Liverpool and the Egyptian FA had an agreement whereby Salah would only play one game for the African side, meaning he would have more time to rest before Premier League action resumes this weekend.
Spokesperson Osama Ismael spoke to ESPN about the suggestion that the forward purposefully misses out of their second clash with Swaziland today.
“These allegations are incorrect,” Ismael said. “Each player joins the team with a medical report on his condition. Each player also has a medical report.
“Liverpool report [sic] did not require anything. But Salah was injured in the first game. He will not be able to play the second game.”