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Mohamed Salah will miss Liverpool vs Leicester even if he returns negative COVID test

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will be unable to play against Leicester City next weekend regardless of whether he turns in a negative Covid-19 test before then. Salah is currently in quarantine after testing positive during the international break.

Liverpool have been plagued with injury issues in recent weeks having also seen several contract coronavirus this season.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold have all suffered injuries of late, while Andy Robertson suffered a hamstring tweak on international duty.

To make things worse for the Premier League champions, they have also lost Salah for next weekend’s game against Leicester.

The Egyptian forward returned a positive coronavirus test over the weekend after joining up with the national side.

The 28-year-old is apparently showing mild symptoms, and is in quarantine.

It had been hoped that he could return for the game against league leaders Leicester next weekend, providing he tested negative in time.

Hossam Hosny, who is head of the COVID-19 committee for the Ministry of Health in Egypt, confirmed that he would be allowed to return to England on Thursday if he tested negative.

He said: “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.

“Liverpool are communicating with us to check on Salah, and their medical staff agreed that he would travel to El-Gouna, and Salah can return to England if his test result on Thursday is negative.”

However, he will be prohibited him from playing any part against Leicester regardless of whether he returns a positive or negative test.

According to The Mirror, Premier League protocols means he can’t play even if he tests negative on Thursday.

Liverpool are hoping for some good news this week, and reportedly think there’s a chance both Jordan Henderson and Robertson will be back in time to play against Leicester.

Robertson missed Scotland’s game against Slovakia on Sunday through his hamstring issue, but could be back in time to play against Israel this week.

Henderson is set to sit out of this Wednesday’s game against Iceland for England but is set to be in contention against Leicester.

Alexander-Arnold, however, is still a few weeks away from first-team action, and Klopp will likely have to play a weakened back line against Leicester with both Gomez and Van Dijk out and possibly sidelined out for the rest of the season.

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