Liverpool’s talisman Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny, an Arsenal midfielder, will fly to the United Kingdom today, November 20, despite testing positive for coronavirus twice.
Mohamed Salah tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Egypt national team during the FIFA international break. His coronavirus test result came out ahead of Egypt Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Togo which ended 1-0 in favor of Egypt on November 14.
While Mohamed Elneny who played the November 14 match tested positive for coronavirus after he traveled with the team to Togo to play the return league of the qualifiers. He had to return to Cairo, Egypt, to self-isolate and missed the match which Egypt won 1-3 on November 17.
According to reports, Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny are not showing any symptoms despite returning multiple coronavirus test results while self-isolating in Cairo, their country’s capital city.
As of the time of publishing this report, an arrangement has been made to fly the two players to their respective club’s sides in a private jet since they recently returned another round of positive coronavirus test results.
When they arrive in the UK, they will undergo another round of coronavirus test before they will self-isolate if they return a positive result.
Egyptian Football Association said in a statement issued on Thursday that, “the Egyptian Federation has been in constant contact and coordination with the two clubs since each of them was infected with the coronavirus.
“Communication was made through captain Mohamed Fadl, a member of the five-year committee in charge of managing the Federation’s affairs at the administrative level, and Dr. Muhammad Abu Al-Ela, the doctor of the national team at the medical level, while the two players made a new swab for each. Both of them today were positive.”
As it stands, Mohamed Salah will miss the Liverpool Premier League match against Leicester City on Sunday, November 22. While Mohamed Elneny will miss Arsenal’s league match against Leeds United on Sunday too. This can only change if the two players return a negative result when tested today.
Salah is the fourth player that tested positive for coronavirus at Liverpool after Thiago in September and then Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri in October. While Elneny is the first Arsenal star to contract the virus during the last international break followed by Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac.