Egypt duo Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny have tested positive for Covid-19 for a second time – coming as a major blow to Liverpool and Arsenal.
Salah has been self-isolating since first testing positive for the virus last Friday, meaning he missed both of Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Togo over the past five days.
Elneny was involved in the first outing on Saturday, but after returning his own positive test on Monday the Arsenal midfielder has been isolating in the Egyptian capital of Cairo ever since.
There was hope that the pair could return to their respective clubs this week if their second Covid-19 tests came back negative.
However, the Egyptian FA have confirmed that both Salah and Elneny have tested positive again.
Salah, who was moved into quarantine in a hotel in El-Gouna last week, was facing a battle to be involved in Liverpool’s clash with Leicester this Sunday anyway due to Premier League protocol stating that any player who tests positive must isolate for a minimum of 10 days.
That 10-day period would have ended in time for the Reds’ Champions League showdown with Atalanta next Wednesday, but he is now expected to miss that match too.
After testing positive for a second time, Salah may have to isolate up until Saturday 28 November – which is when Jurgen Klopp’s men lock horns with Brighton.
If he produces a negative result in the lead-up to that fixture, the 28-year-old may be able to return to action against Graham Potter’s Seagulls.
As for Elneny, he was already set to miss Arsenal’s trip to Leeds on Sunday after returning his first positive test on Monday.
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He could have been involved in the Gunners’ Europa League meeting with Molde next Thursday, however that is no longer possible following his second positive result today.
Mikel Arteta’s side are next in action against Wolves on 29 November, which could be a potential return date for Elneny if he tests negative beforehand.
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