After testing positive for COVID-19 late last week, Mohamed Salah entered into self-isolation in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of El Gouna. There is, however, some good news: the player continues not to show symptoms of the virus.
This according to the head of Egypt’s COVID-19 committee, who offered an update on the player’s status, including that he’s set for another round of tests on Thursday—and if he still hasn’t shown symptoms by then, it’s possible that test could come back negative.
“Salah is currently in El Gouna to complete his quarantine,” said Hossam Hosny. “He will conduct another PCR test on Thursday, and I expect that his result will be negative because until now, the player hasn’t shown any symptoms.
“Liverpool are communicating with us to check on Salah, and their medical staff have agreed that he will travel to El Gouna, and Salah can return to England if his test result on Thursday is negative, but it’s better to conduct two tests before traveling.”
Given the timeline, Thursday would mark around ten days since Salah contracted the virus, and returning a negative test at that point is extremely optimistic, though it wouldn’t be impossible if the player has been entirely asymptomatic.
If he were to return a negative test on Thursday, it’s even possible Salah would be available to face Leicester City on Sunday, though even having shown no symptoms a two-week absence and return in time for Atalanta next week might be more likely.