Wednesday, 18 November 2020 18:14

 

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) have confirmed that Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny both tested positive for COVID-19 again.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah had already returned two positive COVID-19 tests after the initial announcement on Friday.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Elneny started in Egypt's 1-0 win over Togo on Saturday in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.

The Arsenal midfielder was then ruled out of Egypt’s second meeting against Togo in the international break and was forced to return back to his home country after contracting COVID-19.

Salah was expected to return a negative result according to the Ministry of Health, however, the EFA announced on Wednesday that the Liverpool star and Elneny both tested positive for COVID-19 once again.

"Mohamed Salah underwent a new PCR test to detect the COVID-19 virus, but its result was positive," the EFA said in a statement. “Mohamed Elneny also conducted a second PCR test that returned a positive result."

The 28-year-old initially tested positive last week, despite not displaying any symptoms.

He is likely to miss the Reds' next two games because of self-isolation rules.

Liverpool host Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday and then Atalanta in a Champions League group match on 25 November.

On Tuesday, Salah posted on social media: "I'd like to thank everyone for the supportive messages and well wishes. I'm confident I'll be back on the field soon."

Salah has started all eight of Liverpool's Premier League games this season, scoring eight goals.