The last time Liverpool lost a winger to a long-ish term injury, it nearly derailed their hopes of playing Champions League football this season. It ultimately did not, and Liverpool supporters will be excited to see what kind of havoc the combination of Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah can wreak in the group stages this year.
That dream almost suffered a setback, when reports and vague noises on social media emerged just before the weekend suggesting that Salah had picked up a knee knock while on international duty with Egypt. Thankfully, those reports appear to be off the mark, as the winger is expected to be ready and available when Egypt take on Uganda again in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.
With Adam Lallana already out for an extended spell and Philippe Coutinho yet to be reintegrated into the squad, Liverpool can ill afford to lose another key player at this juncture. Fortunately for Livepool supporters, the Echo has been able put those fears to rest, citing information regarding Salah’s status from the team doctor for Egypt’s national squad.
“There is no injury to Salah,” said doctor Mohamed El-Ela. “Salah complained only after the end of the Uganda match, it was just a complaint no more and no less, and he is not injured.”
Salah apparently did get fouled hard early during Egypt’s match on Thursday, and pitch conditions were also reportedly less than ideal. When combined with the fact that the winger failed to make much of an impact during his outing, it’s perhaps not surprising that there were concerns over Salah following the match.
“The complaint of pain was due to the pitch of Uganda, there are many conversations about Salah’s injury, but there is no basis for it,” added Egypt’s team doctor. “Salah trained very naturally on Friday and Saturday, ready for the game. All the players are ready to face Uganda.”
The dream of an uneventful international break for Liverpool lives on.