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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny are planning to fly back to the UK on a private jet from Egypt on Friday after returning further positive tests for coronavirus, according to the Egyptian Football Association.

Salah has been in self-isolation in Egypt since a first positive test last Friday, days after he was captured on video attending his bother's wedding while not wearing a mask.

His compatriot Elneny then tested positive for Covid-19 and despite returning further positive results from swab tests in recent days, they duo are planning to fly back to the UK on a private plane.

An Egyptian FA statement read:

"In the framework of coordination between the Egyptian Football Federation and the English FCs, it was agreed that Mohammed Salah and Mohamed Alnani will travel tomorrow from Hurghada airport on a medical equipped private jet. The hope is they will return a negative soon and will be able to get back to their teams.

"The Egyptian Union has been in constant contact and coordination with the two clubs since each infected with the Coronavirus, and has been communicated through Captain Mohamed Fadl, member of the five-year committee charged with administering the Union's affairs at the administrative level and Dr. Mohamed Abu Alala, the national team doctor at the medical level. While the two players conducted a new swab for each today, their results were positive."

It remains to be seen how Salah and Elneny will be permitted to enter the UK while they are confirmed Covid-19 positive cases, with any hope they can return to Premier League action appearing to be forlorn.

Premier League protocols dictate that a player must quarantine for 10 days following his first positive Covid-19 test.

The player would then be re-tested on the 10th day, with a negative result meaning he could return to training, with Salah approaching that period of time since his first positive test.

Yet even if he returns to the UK and tests negative for Covid-19 on Friday, he will not be available to play for Liverpool in Sunday's home game against Leicester.

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