EXCLUSIVE Why Mohamed Salah was allowed to fly back into the UK with Covid-19 as he prepares for Liverpool return
Mohamed Salah is expected to return to training with Liverpool on Monday after it was confirmed he has returned a negative Covid-19 test.
Salah missed Sunday's game against Leicester as he was in self-isolation after returning a succession of positive tests for the virus he picked up while on international duty with Egypt.
The Liverpool forward was give special dispensation along with his Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny to fly back from Egypt on Friday on a private plane, despite the pair still returning positive Covid-19 tests.
Yet Klopp has now confirmed his leading marksman could be in line to make a swift return to action, as he hinted he could be part of Liverpool's Champions League plans for Wednesday night's game against Atalanta.
"I think he is from now on pretty normal in testing," confirmed Klopp after his side's 3-0 win against Leicester. "Tomorrow (Monday) we have the UEFA testing for the Champions League and I am pretty sure he will be in that.
"He can now train with us tomorrow, that's it. He will have two tests in the next two days, so, yes, he will be tested like all of us."
Egypt's health ministry earlier confirmed that Salah's latest test was negative, allowing him to return to the fold with Jurgen Klopp's side quickly.
"Salah's latest test returned a negative result," health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told local media. "He has received a week-long treatment in accordance with the Egyptian protocol until he fully recovered."
There has been some confusion over how Salah and Elneny were allowed to fly into the UK while still testing positive for Covid-19, but the Sunday World have been informed that they were given the green light to return after Liverpool and Arsenal made arrangements to hire the private plane for the return of the two players.
The Egyptian authorities were involved in discussions with British authorities over gaining permission for the private plane to land in London last Friday, with medical facilities on board to ensure all other passengers did not come into contact with the players.
Strict guidelines were put in place to ensure they would be self-isolating, with the players undergoing regular Covid-19 swab tests since their return.
Now Salah looks set for a swift return to action, so long as he continues to provide negative Covid-19 tests with Liverpool in the next few days.
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