On Wednesday, the 28-year-old was screened again with the Egyptian Football Association reporting that he and Mohamed Elneny both have the coronavirus.
Another positive Covid-19 test was returned by Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian Football Association has reported, meaning he will have to begin a time of self-isolation.
On November 14, the Egyptian FA revealed that, amid initial uncertainty about the test results, the Liverpool star, who did not exhibit signs of the virus, tested positive for coronavirus.
Indeed, they removed an initial statement announcing Salah’s positive result before issuing another update soon after explaining that a second swab returned positive as well.
And despite the potential for a false-positive result in the days since – with an initial positive test followed by a negative result – Salah has now again tested positive for Covid-19, four days after the initial announcement.
That means a period of self-isolation will have to continue for the forward and he will be unavailable for the Reds’ Premier League meeting on Sunday with Leicester City.
Three days after their fixture with the Foxes, Jurgen Klopp’s side face Atalanta in the Champions League before then heading to the Amex Stadium to take on Brighton on November 28.
It is uncertain after the latest positive result when Salah will now be permitted back to the UK, having returned the positive tests while away on international duty.
It is still unclear how Salah contracted the virus, but during the international break, he drew criticism for attending his brother’s wedding.
“Former Tottenham striker and former Egyptian international Mido claimed that by appearing at the wedding, the Liverpool sensation had made a big mistake,” insisting that he “showed great negligence with the actions taken to prevent the coronavirus.
Premier League rules state that for a period of 10 days, a player who tests positive for Covid-19 must self-isolate, meaning Salah would not have been able to face the side of Brendan Rodgers even if he had returned a negative test result.
The Egyptian FA’s latest announcement also confirmed that Mohamed Elneny, the Arsenal midfielder, failed to return a negative test result and will also have to remain in self-isolation.
The most recent coronavirus figures published by the Premier League reported that 1,207 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19 between November 9 and November 15, with 16 positive cases.