Egypt doctor provides update on Salah as Liverpool star isolates with Covid-19

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is displaying "mild" symptoms of coronavirus, according to an update from the doctor of Egypt's national team.

The 28-year-old has been forced to self-isolate after returning two positive tests while away on international duty.

Salah is currently recovering in his homeland and has been ruled out of Liverpool's next fixture against Leicester on Sunday November 22.

He has already missed Egypt's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Comoros and has been ruled out of two clashes with Togo in the next week.

Speaking to Associated Press, Dr Mohamed Abou El Ela said: "He is a mild case. He doesn't have severe symptoms or respiratory symptoms.

"He has to self-isolate in Egypt until his test returns negative and then, of course, he can travel back."

Liverpool are already without a number of stars due to injury and losing Salah is a bitter blow for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

Salah was pictured attending his brother's wedding in Egypt's capital, Cairo, just days before reporting for international duty.

Asked whether Salah's attendance at the wedding led to his coronavirus diagnosis, Dr El Ela replied: "No one knows. Unfortunately we still don't know everything about the virus. My answer is maybe yes, maybe no."

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He added: "Mo has a very good reputation and he is one of the best players in the world. [In Egypt] he is special. Everyone here wants to help and to do whatever the whole country can do.

"I had phone calls yesterday from ministers, from everyone [asking] how they can help.

"But we are playing football. What happened is happening now in football everywhere in the world."

Dr El Ela has remained in contact with the head of Liverpool's medical staff Jim Moxon, but Salah must complete his period of quarantine as per Egypt's guidelines before returning to the UK.

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