Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah suffers apparent muscle injury on Egypt duty

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is seen during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield stadium in Liverpool England Sunday Oct. 7 2018 Mohamed Salah is returning to Liverpool for treatment on his injury
Cary Erickson | 13 October, 2018, 09:56

The Blues forward is now on worldwide duty for his home country, Belgium as they prepare to play against Switzerland in the Uefa Nations League tonight.

Mohamed Salah scored a wondergoal to take his Egypt tally up to 40 goals as the Pharaohs defeated Eswatini 4-1 in Friday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, but was forced to limp off late with an injury.

This prompted concern among Liverpool fans, with the enigmatic winger gingerly walking off the pitch in the closing stages of Egypt's impressive victory.

The former Roma man hit 44 goals in his debut season on Merseyside but has struggled to replicate that form this term, mustering only three goals in 11 matches for his club in 2018-19.

Liverpool entered the worldwide break third in the Premier League, level on points with Manchester City and Chelsea but behind them by virtue of their slightly inferior goal difference.

The Pharaohs would still win the game easily, giving them two wins from three games in qualification thus far.

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But there were concerning signs with Salah in heavy strapping at the end of the match as the forward briefly returning to action after treatment before being substituted a minute into stoppage-time.

"It doesn't look serious".

Speaking to yallakora.com, he said, "The initial diagnosis confirmed that the injury is a muscle strain and there is no possibility of muscle rupture".

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes Salah - who the title hopefuls will hope is fit to face Huddersfield a week today (5.30pm) - has not had as below-par a season as has been made out.

SAFA called that offer "so minuscule" that many South Africans now likely won't get to watch their team play upcoming qualifiers against Seychelles, on Saturday, and then Nigeria and Libya.