Salah and Elneny could miss weekend games after positive coronavirus tests

Liverpool striker returns a second positive test and is showing mild symptoms

Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny have both tested positive for coronavirus. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi /EPA

Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny have both tested positive for coronavirus. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi /EPA

 

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny have again returned positive coronavirus tests, the Egyptian Football Association has confirmed.

The news of Salah’s first positive test came after he reportedly attended his brother’s wedding, with footage posted on social media appearing to show him dancing with other guests.

Arsenal midfielder Elneny had also produced a positive test while away on international duty, but is said to be asymptomatic.

Elneny played in the first of their two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Togo before his positive test.

A statement on the Egyptian FA website on Wednesday confirmed both players were still showing a positive result.

“Today, Mohamed Salah made a new swab to detect the Covid-19 virus, but its result was positive,” the statement read.

“Today, Mohamed Elneny also conducted a second swab, which confirmed its positive results.”

Salah is said to be showing only mild symptoms, with both players in quarantine and now looking set to miss the return of club action after international break.

Champions Liverpool host current leaders Leicester on Sunday, while Arsenal travel to Leeds on the same day.

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