West Ham star wishes Mohamed Salah speedy recovery

Mohamed Salah will miss Egypt’s final group game and any potential last-16 game if they qualify.

Ghana and West Ham United midfielder Mohamed Kudus has shown camaraderie towards Mohamed Salah who suffered a muscle strain on Thursday night at the on-going 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Salah was replaced in the first half of Egypt’s 2-2 draw with the Black Stars and has since undergone assessment.

The 31-year-old’s injury sparked concerns for Liverpool as they continue their hunt for silverware domestically and in Europe with the Reds currently top of the league table with 45 points.

Kudus, who scored immediately for Ghana after Salah was substituted said: “We know he is a very top player but my focus was on my team.

“With or without him, we still approached the game the same way so sorry for his injury, I wish him speedy recovery but we played – with or without him with the same mentality.”

Salah is now expected to miss Egypt’s next two games according to the Egypt Football Federation. The Pharaohs are second in Group B with just two points after drawing their two opening games.

Egypt were held to a surprising 2-2 draw against Mozambique in their opener despite taking an early lead.

An official statement on Salah’s injury read: “The X-rays that Mohamed Salah, the captain of the Egyptian national team, underwent showed that he suffered a strain in the posterior muscle.

“He will miss the team’s next two matches in the African Nations, against Cape Verde and then the Round of 16 match in the event of qualification.”

Egypt will face already-qualified Cape Verde in their final group game on Monday night and a win would see the Rui Vitoria’s qualify for the round of 16.

Jurgen Klopp, speaking ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League game against Bournemouth on Sunday, expressed concern over his star player’s injury issue.

Salah has scored 18 goals for the Reds this season and is currently the club’s top scorer.

Klopp said: “We don’t know anything. I spoke last night with him and how it is with these injuries, you need further assessment. That’s what they are doing now and then we will know more. Of course, it was in that moment a shock: ‘Oh my God, what is it?’

“You couldn’t see that it was like [being] hit by something with high-intensity, you couldn’t see [that] and then going down, you have these kind of hamstring injuries in a different way but he still felt it and we all know how rarely Mo goes off or needs to go off so there is definitely something and we will see.

“But I have no more information right now.”

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