By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, Cameroon

An ankle injury has ruled out in-form Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in Egypt’s AFCON 2021 qualifiers against Kenya and the Comoros Islands.

A challenge against Fernandinho in their 3-1 league win against Manchester City forced him out of the game at the 87th minute.

The 27-year-old who has scored 9 league goals and provided five assists for Liverpool in 17 games this season in all competitions, reported to camp with Egypt in Cairo on Tuesday for an assessment of the injury.

The Egyptian FA issued a statement stating that, “the injury needs a period to recover.”

Salah’s ankle injury has been traced back to a tackle on the same ankle by Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury. He was forced to sit out Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United and it is believed Fernandinho’s knock simply aggravated it.

Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool Manager was left fuming after Choudhury’s tackle and has confirmed that the Egyptian’s recent set-back is simply as a result of that initial knock.

“I think it is more really annoying- for him, not me – the fact that it always have a bit of fluid in, and he has to deal with it, we get it out but it comes back, and stuff like that,” the Liverpool Manager said on November 2, 2019.

The seven times AFCON winners, Egypt, takes on Kenya on November 14, 2019 at the Borg El Arab Stadium, before traveling to the Comoros Islands for their second game on Monday November 18, against Les Coelacantes at the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh.


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