If Egypt are to progress to the next stage of the African Cup of Nations, they will have to do it without star player Mohamad Salah, after the Egyptian FA confirmed he will miss the next two games in the competition.
The news comes after Salah limped off near the end of Egypt's two all draw with Ghana on Thursday evening. Salah has only missed 10 games in six seasons at Anfield before now, so seeing him sitting on the turf, with his head bowed, was a pretty good indication that something was wrong.
Confirming the news, the Egyptian FA released the following statement,
"The X-rays that Mohamed Salah, the captain of the Egyptian national team, underwent showed that he suffered a strain in the posterior muscle."
"He will miss the team’s next two matches in the African Nations, against Cape Verde and then the Round of 16 match in the event of qualification."
Misfiring Egypt in big trouble
Despite being one of the pre-tournament favourites, Egypt have stuggled in the competition so far, needing a 97th minute penalty to rescue a point against Mozambique, before Thursday's battling draw with Ghana.
The results mean they currently sit second in Group B, with Cape Verde already clinching top spot. Egypt play Cape Verde in their final group game on Tuesday, and will need a win to ease their qualification worrioes. A draw may still be enough to see Egypt through as one of the best-placed third teams, but a defeat will almost certainly see they go out of the competition early.
That of course would be good news for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, although it will be sad to see Salah miss out on another AFCON title.
Even if Salah returns to Liverpool early, his injury means he would not be able to go straight back into the team, with his earlist game in a Liverpool shirt, likely to be against Chelsea at Anfield on the 31st Jnauary.
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