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Liverpool star Salah recovers from COVID-19 infection, says Egypt's health ministry

Salah sat out Liverpool's 3-0 Premier League victory over Leicester City on Sunday but should be fit to take part in the midweek European Champions League clash at home to Italian side Atalanta

Ahram Online , Sunday 22 Nov 2020
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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has recovered a COVID-19 infection, nine days after he tested positive for the highly-contagious virus, Egypt's health ministry said on Sunday.

"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."

Salah tested positive for COVID-19 on 13 November, missing Egypt's double header against Togo in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

He also sat out Liverpool's 3-0 Premier League victory over Leicester City on Sunday but should be fit to take part in the midweek European Champions League clash at home to Italian side Atalanta.

The 28-year-old was criticised by British newspapers after social media photos showed him dancing during the wedding of his brother earlier this month without a face mask or socially distancing.

However, Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp backed his prized asset.

"I was in Germany in the summer and a friend moved a birthday party for me and I decided not to go. It was allowed. In other countries there's more social pressure and a brother’s wedding is a special moment. My players are incredibly disciplined," the German coach said.

Salah's Egypt teammate Mohamed Elneny has also contracted COVID-19. The Arsenal midfielder and Salah flew back to Britain on Friday.

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