Football star Mohamed Salah tests positive for coronavirus

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Egyptian and Liverpool football star has tested positive for coronavirus, the Egyptian Football Association said in a statement on Friday. — Courtesy photo
Egyptian and Liverpool football star has tested positive for coronavirus, the Egyptian Football Association said in a statement on Friday. — Courtesy photo

CAIRO — Egyptian and Liverpool football star Mohamed Salah has tested positive for coronavirus, the Egyptian Football Association said in a statement on Friday.

Salah, 28, is, however, not displaying any symptoms, according to the statement.

The news comes the day before Egypt is due to face Togo in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo.

"The coronavirus test taken by our national team has shown that our international player Mohamed Salah, the star of Liverpool, has been infected with coronavirus after receiving a positive test result, although he is not suffering from any symptoms," the statement, posted by the governing body on social media, read.

"The rest of the team had negative test results.

"Our international star has been subject to undergo medical protocol after our national team's doctor, Mohamed Abou Elela, liaised with his English club, Liverpool. In addition, he was requested to self-isolate in his room and not make any contact with anyone."

Salah has appeared in all eight of Liverpool's Premier League games this season, scoring eight goals. — Agencies


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