On Sunday, Egypt’s football association stated that Mohamed Salah will leave the team at the Africa Cup of Nations to continue receiving treatment at his club, Liverpool, for a hamstring injury. Despite this, they expect to see Salah back in the competition in Ivory Coast.
“Salah will attend (Monday’s) game against Cape Verde and then will travel to the UK,” the Egyptian Football Association said. “After communication between the Egyptian medical staff and their Liverpool counterparts, we have agreed that the player will return to the UK to continue his treatment, hoping to return to the Egypt team for the semi-finals.”
Mohamed Salah to return to Liverpool from AFCON for treatment on injury.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 21, 2024
Salah has already been ruled out of the Pharaohs’ crucial Group B match with Cape Verde in Abidjan on Monday, as well as Egpyt’s last-16 fixture if they advance. Although the Egyptian FA had hoped he would return for a potential quarterfinal, they now seem fine to remain without him until February 7, if that’s when the semi-final takes place.
In Egypt’s first match, Salah saved a 2-2 draw against Mozambique from the penalty spot before limping off in the first half of the stalemate against Ghana. His injury is the latest tragic turn of events for the player in the AFCON.