Salah returns to Liverpool with ‘worse than expected’ injury at African Cup

Mohamed Salah will be back at Liverpool this Wednesday having to treat an injury that is “worse than expected”. This is how the player’s agent, Ramy Abbas, described the attacker’s situation. 

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According to the agent, the Egyptian is expected to be out of action for three to four weeks. The return to England, as requested by coach Jürgen Klopp, was confirmed after the draw between Egypt and Cape Verde, 2-2, in the last round of group B of the African Cup of Nations, in Côte d’Ivoire.

“Mohammed’s injury is more serious than initially thought and he will be out for 21 to 28 days rather than two games. His best chance of taking part in the current Africa Cup of Nations is to undergo intensive rehabilitation in the UK and return to the national team as soon as I’m ready,” Abbas posted.

As a result, after the match between Egypt and Cape Verde, which Salah watched from the stands at Le Félicia, in Abidjan, Liverpool issued a statement informing that the player will begin his recovery at the club’s training center from this Wednesday. The Reds have also ensured they aim to get him back into action as quickly as possible, for club and country, “giving him the best chance of returning to the African Cup”. The final of the competition is scheduled for February 11th.

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“The one whose commitment you can never doubt is Salah. I know the country is devastated to lose him. All it took was a detailed examination and he was expected to return in three or four weeks. Egypt and Liverpool’s medical teams worked together and made this decision”, declared Klopp’s assistant coach, Pep Lijnders, at a press conference this Tuesday (23).

It is worth remembering that Salah suffered a muscle injury during Egypt’s draw with Ghana, last Thursday, and left the field at the end of the first half.

Furthermore, Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer alongside Haaland, with 14 goals, and also the player with the most assists, alongside Watkins, with eight. Liverpool leads the competition and has won all four games in 2024, including the English League Cup and FA Cup.

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