Egypt have qualified for the knock-out rounds of this year’s AFCON after a topsy turvy draw against Cape Verde Islands on Monday night.
The Pharaohs thought they had won it with a stoppage time goal, but Cape Verde scored an equalizer in the 99th minute to ensure they remained unbeaten in Group B.
Ghana endured a bitterly disappointing AFCON campaign and are now out of the competition at this early stage.
Salah suffered a muscle injury during his side’s draw with Ghana last week and will return to Merseyside for more extensive treatment.
Egypt will face the runner-up of Group F, but they will be without Mohamed Salah and they may be without him for the rest of the tournament.
The Egyptian is out for 21 days at least.
But he may even be out for longer as his agent said it could be 28 days.
This would mean he won’t be fit for the final, should Egypt make it.
However, Rui Vitoria is unimpressed with how Liverpool handled Mohamed Salah’s injury.
What did Egypt manager Rui Vitoria say about Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool?
It seems the Portuguese manager was not happy with Jurgen Klopp speaking about Mohamed Salah’s injury so openly while Egypt had a deciding match against Cape Verde this week.
He also made thinly veiled dig about Egypt having an ‘excellent’ medical team:
“I want to take this opportunity to clarify things,” Vitoria began via AFP.
“Mohamed Salah has an injury, which we learned before this game was a longer-term injury than we first thought, so we have had to prolong the amount of time before he can play again.”
“Before the game we did not want to say anything. Meanwhile, everything was in the control of our excellent medical team.”
“Given we were going to have to travel, given the temperatures, given that we were going to be going to a different city, maybe it makes sense that Salah should have a place he can go to recover as quickly as possible.”
It was here that journalist Andy Scott claims that Rui Vitoria ‘expressed annoyance‘ at Jurgen Klopp.
“We didn’t want to alarm anyone,” Vitoria continued.
“I didn’t think it was right for Liverpool, via any intermediary, to speak about this, because we had a tremendously important game today.”
“Salah has always been with us. Now this game is over we will find the best solution for the treatment of the player.”
“These are the facts. This is the situation.”