AFCON: Mohamed Salah injury rules him out of two Egypt games

    Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah's hamstring injury, suffered at the Africa Cup of Nations, does not appear to be serious.

    Mohamed Salah. Mohamed Salah.

    Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah's hamstring injury, suffered at the Africa Cup of Nations, does not appear to be serious.

    Salah sparked fears of a potentially lengthy lay-off after limping off in the first half of Thursday's 2-2 draw with Ghana.

    However, the results of a scan have revealed a muscle strain which Egypt say will rule the Liverpool striker out of their next two games.

    That means the 31-year-old will definitely miss Egypt's final Group B fixture against already-qualified Cape Verde on Monday and, if they progress from Group B, their last-16 tie as well.

    "The X-rays that Mohamed Salah, the captain of the Egyptian national team, underwent, showed that he suffered a hamstring strain," an Egyptian Football Association statement read.

    "And he will miss the team's next two matches in the Africa Cup of Nations against Cape Verde, and then the round of 16 match in the event of qualification."

    Egypt are currently second in Group B after two draws with Mozambique and Ghana and will face leaders Cape Verde knowing only a victory will guarantee their passage into the knockout stages.

    Salah will be restricted to a watching role and it could also be the case for a potential last-16 tie at the end of January, but Liverpool manager Klopp will be pleased the injury to his forward is not set to be a long-term issue.

    Earlier on Friday, Klopp had earlier admitted his shock at Salah's injury taking into account the forward's impeccable fitness record.

    In six and a half seasons since arriving at Anfield, Salah has missed just 10 Premier League matches - one of which was due to Covid-19 and another because of concussion.

    So the sight of Salah being forced off just before half-time unsurprisingly set alarm bells ringing.

    "In the moment it was a shock. He felt it and we all know how rarely Mo needs to go off so there was definitely something," said Klopp.

    "I don't have any more information right now. I spoke with him last night. They are doing further assessments and then we will know more."

    While Liverpool did not expect Salah to return until early next month, any absence from their talisman would be a blow as they seek to maintain top spot in the Premier League.

    They head to Bournemouth on Sunday looking to extend their advantage to five points but will do so without a number of players.

    Wataru Endo is at the Asian Cup with Japan while full-backs Andy Robertson (shoulder), Trent Alexander-Arnold (knee) and Kostas Tsimikas (collarbone), midfielders Dominik Szoboszlai (hamstring), Thiago Alcantara (hip), Stefan Bajcetic (adductor) and Ben Doak (knee) and defender Joel Matip (ACL) are all at various stages in their recovery.

    Robertson, Alexander-Arnold and Szoboszlai are closest to a return but the earliest will be Wednesday's Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at Fulham.

    "They're all positive but not ready. They're all getting closer and closer and closer and some of them might be in team training next week but for the Bournemouth game I don't expect anyone back," said Klopp.

    "After Bournemouth maybe for Fulham we will see how the boys do, but they are all close. Trent close, Dom close, Robbo close."

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