Mohamed Salah is expected to miss Liverpool’s crunch clash with Leicester on Sunday, even if he tests negative for Covid-19 this week.
Salah has been self-isolating since last Friday after testing positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Egypt, despite being asymptomatic.
The Egyptian FA have suggested their star man while undergo a third test on Thursday, having been transferred to the resort of El Gouna in a fully sterilised car to continue his isolation over the past four days.
However, the 28-year-old will not be able to line up against Leicester at the weekend even if that test comes back negative due to Premier League protocols.
Any player testing positive is required to self-isolate for a minimum period of 10 days with no exceptions, meaning Salah will be unavailable for Jurgen Klopp until next Tuesday.
He must also convince government chiefs that he has remained in an intentional football travel corridor, which would allow him to steer clear of strict rules that order anyone returning from abroad into the UK to self-isolate for 14 days.
Players returning from international duty abroad are exempt from that rule if they have remained in a closed bubble, yet Salah first attended brother Nasr’s wedding in his home town before joining up with the Egypt squad.
Liverpool have asked for clarification on the matter and Salah is expected to return to training next Monday should his test return negative.
Doing so would give him a chance of lining up for the Reds in their Champions League showdown with Atalanta next Wednesday.
Nevertheless, Salah missing this weekend’s crucial outing against league leaders Leicester is a major blow for Klopp given the injury crisis he is currently dealing with on Merseyside.
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First-choice centre-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are set to miss the majority of the campaign with serious knee injuries, while Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson have all sustained leg problems over the past week.
Fabinho is also a doubt to feature amid his recovery from a hamstring injury and Thiago Alcantara is still out after damaging his knee last month.
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