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Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny tests positive for coronavirus on Egypt duty

Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny tests positive for coronavirus while on Egypt duty just days after international team-mate and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s diagnosis

  • Arsenal and Egypt’s Mohamed Elneny has tested positive for coronavirus  
  • The 28-year-old is asymptomatic but will not play in Egypt’s game with Togo 
  • Elneny is also a doubt for Arsenal’s match away at Leeds United on Sunday
  • Egypy team-mate Mohamed Salah was diagnosed with coronavirus last week

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Egypt. 

The 28-year-old’s diagnosis comes a day before Egypt’s African Nations Cup qualifier with Togo on Tuesday, but the midfielder will now return to Cairo despite being asymptomatic. 

Elneny is now a doubt for Arsenal’s next Premier League match against Leeds United on Sunday afternoon. 

Arsenal and Egypt’s Mohamed Elneny has tested positive for coronavirus on international duty

The 28-year-old tested positive while on international duty with Egypt and will now self-isolate

The news follows the coronavirus diagnosis of Egypt team-mate Mohamed Salah last week, who tested positive just days after attending his brother’s wedding in Cairo last Monday. 

Elneny’s agent, Alan Nzamy, tweeted: ‘Elneny Positive Cov19 get well soon’. 

The Egyptian FA have confirmed that midfielder is now isolating in line with medical protocols. 

Salah, meanwhile, has been in self isolation himself in his native Egypt after testing positive for the virus on Friday. 

Mo Salah is another Egyptian player based in England who has tested for coronavirus recently

Salah reportedly joined up with the Egyptian team after attending his brother’s wedding

However, the Egyptian Ministry of Health’s head of the COVID-19 committee, Hossam Hosny, believes the Liverpool star will test negative in his next coronavirus test on Thursday and return to his club. 

‘Salah is currently in El-Gouna to complete his quarantine and he will conduct another PCR test on Thursday, and I expect that his result will be negative because until now, the player hasn’t shown any symptoms,’ he said. 

‘Like any Egyptian citizen, Salah underwent all needed medical scans and tests that showed he is not suffering from any symptoms and he is now following medical protocol with self-isolation. 

‘Liverpool are communicating with us to check on Salah, and their medical staff have agreed that he will travel to El-Gouna. 

‘And Salah can return to England if his test result on Thursday is negative.’   




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