It’s not good news, exactly, but it’s certainly not bad news. The early results of scans on Mohamed Salah’s ankle are in, and the Egyptian superstar suffered no major damage as a result of Hamza Choudhury’s cynical and ugly challenge late in Saturday’s match.
That means that while the player did suffer a twisted ankle, it’s a relatively minor one and the club will now be hopeful that the international break will be long enough for him to fully recover—and to then be ready to go against Manchester United on October 20th.
Salah and Liverpool will further benefit from the fact that game has been pushed back to the 20th, a Sunday, giving him an extra day to recover and prepare. And he will be doing so in Liverpool rather than joining Egypt for their friendly on the 14th against Botswana.
At least that’s what The Mirror’s always reliable David Maddock and The Athletic’s James Pearce are both saying as of today—that the scans have been done, that there was no serious damage, and that the club have high hopes of his being ready for United.
While an injury is never good news, really, in the circumstance a minor strain and a likely return to action in two weeks after the international break for Salah is about as good as it gets.