Mo Salah will not play for Egypt during the next fortnight after the recurrence of his ankle injury which he suffered v Manchester City on Sunday.
In fairness, Fernandinho’s challenge was a fair one, unlike Hamza Choudhury’s for Leicester a month back, which was the initial cause of the problem.
“The injury needs a period of treatment to recover,” said an Egypt statement, cited by Liverpool’s official website.
Salah will miss Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros, but in truth, it’s Liverpool’s fixture with Crystal Palace on November 23 that causes us more concern…
Despite being injured, the no.11 put in a jaw-dropping performance v City which included a wonderful headed goal – and it’s vital he recovers as soon as possible.
In the one game Salah didn’t play this season in the Premier League, v Manchester United, we failed to win. We’ve won the other 11, with the 27-year-old scoring six goals and registering three assists so far.
Ideally for us, Salah would be back at Melwood with Liverpool’s crack medical team – but he’s chosen to support his team-mates in Egypt instead.
Hopefully that suggests the injury isn’t too problematic and he’ll be able to start at Selhurst Park in just under two weeks’ time.