Salah update as Egyptian heads back to Liverpool

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Will Liverpool have Mohamed Salah available for matches against Huddersfield Town and Red Star Belgrade?

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The Egyptian star, 26, was injured in a 4-1 win over Swaziland in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, and the hamstring ailment is not considered long-term but enough to stop him from participating in the return leg.

Salah has three goals and two assists in 11 matches for Liverpool this season, but those numbers are a reflection of his out-of-form finishing not chance creation. The Egyptian remains as active and dangerous as he was in his unreal 2017-18 season.

From Sky Sports, translated from the Egypt FA:

“During the previous match against Swaziland, Salah complained of stress in the musculoskeletal muscle. He was examined medically and radiation was performed on the area of complaint after the game.”

Xherdan Shaqiri is the favorite to start for Liverpool should Salah be unable to play Saturday. As with Kevin De Bruyne‘s injury for Man City, albeit a long-term one, the Reds’ next few games are fortunately forgiving. With apologies to Red Star, Arsenal is the only big name in Liverpool’s next seven matches.

As for those thinking this is a mixed blessing as Egypt could be hurt in AFCON qualifying? The Pharoahs are well-positioned to qualify for AFCON 2019, behind Tunisia in its group but five points clear of Swaziland and Niger at the midpoint of Group J play. Now whether the Egypt FA will be in Salah’s good graces come January is another story.