Liverpool’s forward, Mohamed Salah will not feature in Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros. The reason being the forward is suffering an ankle injury.
The 27-year-old was substituted in the 87th minute of Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester City. He picked up the knock in a challenge with Fernandinho.
Mohamed Salah met up with Egypt in Cairo on Tuesday for tests on the injury.
Consequently, Egypt released a statement on their official Twitter account on Tuesday. Alongside his picture with a protective boot on his left ankle, they confirmed Salah will miss the games.
Egypt will host Kenya in their opening Group G qualifying match on Thursday and visit Comoros on Monday.
Despite Salah missing the tournament, he has scored six goals for Liverpool this season. He was on target in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Manchester City which took his side eight points clear to the top of the league table.
However, the 27-year-old has had niggling injuries since twisting his ankle against Leicester City at the start of October which forced him to miss the 1-1 draw at Manchester United.
They said, “the injury needs a period of treatment to recover.”
Salah had missed Liverpool’s draw against Manchester United in October as well. He had a tackle by Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury and injured the same joint.
Jurgen Klopp, who had been angered by Choudhury’s tackle in Liverpool’s 2-1 win said before Salah’s latest setback that his joint top-scorer was still feeling the effects on that initial knock.
“I think it is more annoying for him, not me. The fact that it always has a bit of fluid in and he has to deal with it, we get it out and it comes back. Stuff like that.” Said Klopp.
Liverpool’s next match is away to Crystal Palace on the 23rd of November.