Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will be unable to participate against Leicester City next weekend irrespective of whether he is to return a negative COVID-19 test before then.
Salah, 28, is currently in quarantine after testing positive for the virus during the international break. It adds to an already almighty list of fitness setbacks this season compounding to the recent losses of Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara, Joe Gomez, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold while Andy Robertson also sustained a hamstring issue on national team duty with Scotland.
To make matters worse, Liverpool will also be without the club’s top-scorer for the clash at Anfield against Brendan Rodgers’ impressive outfit who currently sit top of the Premier League table.
It had been hoped that the Egypt international could return a negative test result in time to return for the game after Hossam Hosny, who is head of the COVID-19 committee for the Ministry of Health in Egypt, confirmed that he would be allowed to return to England on Thursday if he tested negative.
However, he will be prohibited from playing any part against Leicester regardless of the outcome of his test result.
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According to reports from The Mirror as per The Express, Premier League protocols dictate that Salah will be unable to be involved in the clash even if he tests negative on Thursday.
Salah isn’t the only fitness concern for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool after club-captain Jordan Henderson was sent back to Merseyside from national team duty with England after feeling a tightness in his hamstring.
The 30-year-old is expected to undergo a further assessment with club staff at Liverpool’s new Kirkby AXA training centre this week.
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Just when you think Liverpool’s luck couldn’t get any worse, another setback was dully waiting around the corner.
With Thiago, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all currently nursing injuries, Liverpool’s midfield options are extremely limited despite the club having eight midfielders on the books.
Leicester is hardly the ideal opponent for Klopp’s side in the midst of an injury crisis with the likes of Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson and now Salah likely to miss the clash.
Liverpool are currently enjoying a 63-match unbeaten run at Anfield that stretches all the way back to April 2017.