Mohamed Salah set for Liverpool return after negative covid test confirmed


Mohamed Salah has tested negatively for coronavirus after contracting the disease while on international duty

Mohamed Salah.

Mohamed Salah could return for Liverpool when they host Atalanta on Wednesday after returning a negative result from a COVID-19 test.

The Reds were without their 10-goal top scorer for the 3-0 win over Leicester on Sunday after he tested positive for the illness three times during the recent international break in Egypt.

Salah was forced to sit out the African Cup of Nations qualifying double-header with Togo after the diagnosis earlier this month.

After initially testing positive on Friday November 13, Salah was tested upon his return to the United Kingdom on Friday when he and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny flew back to London from Hurghada International Airport.

That test has now come back negative, freeing up Salah to return to training under Premier League protocols that say a 10-day isolation period is needed after the first positive test.

Egypt's health ministry have confirmed that Salah's latest test was negative, theoretically enabling him to return to the fold with Jurgen Klopp's side in midweek.

"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."

With the Reds hosting Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday, the forward may be available for selection once again.

Manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed Salah's return in his post-Leicester press conference.

He said: "Is Mo negative? That is what I have heard.

"Yes, it is a negative today. I think from now on he is pretty normal with all the testings.

"We have tomorrow the UEFA testing for the Champions League and he can now train with us tomorrow.

"I don't know about the second test the day after [for the Premier League], but there could be a Premier League test already again.

"He has two tests in the next two days so yes he will be tested like all of us."

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