Liverpool have confirmed that Mohamed Salah will leave Cote d’Ivoire and return to Merseyside on Wednesday to recover from the injury he picked up against Ghana.
Salah started Egypt’s second group game but unfortunately for him, he was forced off with a back problem before half-time and their fears of a long injury for the winger have come true.
He is set to begin an intensive rehabilitation programme with Liverpool’s medical team on the muscle injury to help him to get fit as soon as possible so he can return to international duty and help Egypt in AFCON.
However, that will fully depend on how far Egypt will get as Jurgen Klopp said that he may only be back fit for just before the final.
His national side have done a good enough job without him so far as they have qualified for the round of 16 after they got three draws in Group B.
In their first game, Egypt took an early lead against Mozambique after a Salah assist, even though he miss kicked the ball, however, Mozambique came back to shock the favourites as they were holding on to a 2-1 lead in injury time.
Salah though stepped up after Mozambique gave away a spot-kick and he dispatched it calmly in off the left-post to resuce his nation a point with one of the last kicks of the game.
In their second game of the tournament, when Salah had to go off due to a muscle injury, they yet again rescued a point as they initially went one goal down straight after due to a fine strike from Mohammed Kudus.
They equalised in the second-half but a few minutes later Kudus grabbed the lead back for Ghana but the chaos continued as Mostafa Mohamed got Egypt a point with a goal just minutes after Kudus’s second.
Egypt had to grab a point and hope that Ghana did not win in the last games of the group to confirm their place in the knockout stages, which is exactly what happened.