Liverpool have suffered another blow after the Egyptian Football Association confirmed Mohamed Salah had tested positive for coronavirus.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has endured a miserable week.
First he saw Trent Alexander-Arnold ruled out for four weeks with the calf injury suffered against Manchester City on Sunday.
Then Joe Gomez suffered a ruptured patella in England training, meaning he is unlikely to play again this season.
Egypt’s governing body said that a medical swab taken from the 28-year-old came back positive for Covid-19, but said the player was not suffering from any symptoms.
The EFA said Salah was now isolating, and that he would be “subject to more checks in the coming hours”.
“Our international star was subjected to the medical protocol after the coordination of the national team doctor, Dr. Mohamed Abu Alala, with his English club Liverpool,” the Egypt FA added.
However, after posting the original update on social media shortly after 3pm, the Egyptian FA deleted it less than an hour later.
A new statement put out in its place subsequently declared: “The laboratories of the Ministry of Health have indicated that three players from the Egyptian and Togo teams have tested positive before the match between the two teams tomorrow.
“Other tests will be conducted for the aforementioned players to determine their position on participation.”
Salah’s positive test is likely to lead to questions, after he attended the wedding of his brother, Nasr, earlier this week.
Salah, who scored in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with City, left the Liverpool squad’s coronavirus ‘bubble’ to travel to Egypt for their Africa Cup of Nations qualification doubleheader against Togo.
But he attended the wedding in Cairo before linking up with the international side.
In September, Egypt allowed weddings to be held in open-air-venues – that followed months of banning them in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The government announced that these would be capped at a maximum of 300 invitees – with these only being able to take place in tourist and hotel facilities that obtained health and safety certificates.
Liverpool are next in action on November 21, when they meet Leicester City at Anfield.
Salah’s participation will be in doubt for the fixture against Brendan Rodgers’ men, as it’s understood that he must self-isolate in his homeland for at least seven days.
However, if he is forced to undergo a full 14 day isolation, then he will miss both that match and the Champions League return against Atalanta.