Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny have tested positive for coronavirus for a second time, the Egyptian FA have confirmed.
The Reds forward has been in self isolation since Friday when he first tested positive with mild symptoms, and therefore missed the country’s Africa Cup of Nations double-header qualifier against Togo.
Elneny played the first match but then returned a positive Covid-19 test on Monday after arriving in Togo for the second fixture and has been self-isolating in Cairo ever since.
There was hope that the duo may have been allowed to return to their respective Premier League clubs this week and been involved at the weekend had they tested negative.
But the duo will now have to miss their sides’ matches against Premier League leaders Leicester and Leeds respectively at the weekend.
Liverpool star Salah did train with his national team before testing positive after reportedly attending his brother’s wedding in Cairo last Monday.
The 28-year-old has now handed Jurgen Klopp another dilemma amid the injury crisis his squad are currently experiencing.
Unlike his compatriot, Elneny was showing no symptoms when he tested positive for the virus but will now force Mikel Arteta into a change in midfield and find a new partner for Thomas Partey.