Mohamed Salah injury: How long Liverpool star could miss after hamstring strain at AFCON with Egypt

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It seemed that Mohamed Salah may have escaped serious injury after going down just before halftime of the Egypt’s African Cup of Nations match against Ghana, but now it appears the Liverpool star’s frustration on the pitch was justified.

Salah was forced off just before the interval in Egypt’s second group stage match, throwing his captain’s armband to the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium turf in frustration. It was unclear how exactly he was injured, but it was immediately clear something was wrong by the frustrated reaction of the Pharaohs captain.

While there were some initial signs that he had avoided significant time on the sideline, new information has been released to suggest Salah will miss significant time for both club and country.

The Sporting News has the latest on Salah’s potential injury and how long he may be sidelined while Egypt gun for a continental title and Liverpool push for domestic glory on multiple fronts.

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Mohamed Salah injury news, updates

After Mohamed Salah’s injury on January 18 against Ghana, Egypt head coach Rui Vitoria was optimistic about the time he would be absent. That seemed confirmed in the days following the match, as Egypt released a statement confirming that Salah sustained a hamstring injury and would miss their next two games in the Africa Cup of Nations, but could return after should Egypt still remain alive in the competition.

However, that appears to have been incorrect. On January 22, Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas Issa revealed that the injury was worse than initially believed, and that Salah will miss three to four weeks, and that the Liverpool would return to England for rehab. Issa stated this gives Salah the best chance to be available for Egypt should they reach deep into AFCON, but it appears in all likelihood his tournament is over.

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The first sign something was clearly wrong was that Salah was forced off in first-half stoppage time, unable to make it to halftime when Egypt would not have to burn a substitute window to make the change. His immediate frustration was also of concern, as he clearly knew something was very wrong and didn’t try to gut it out.

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Salah was seen walking through the mixed zone after the match, but did not speak to any journalists. He did have a smile on his face and didn’t seem to be sporting any kind of limp. That’s a very positive sign, but there’s still no definitive word on his fitness.

How long could Mohamed Salah miss for Liverpool?

With Mohamed Salah’s time at the African Cup of Nations more than likely concluded earlier than he hoped, the focus now moves to when he could return to the pitch for Liverpool

Given the timeline presented by Salah’s agent, it seems that Salah will at the very least be out through mid-February. Liverpool have Premier League matches against Burnley on February 10, at Brentford on February 17, and against Luton Town on February 24 that all could be in jeopardy. However, if Liverpool advance to the EFL Cup final, that would be on February 25, which would postpone the Luton Town match to later in the year.

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With Liverpool well in the thick of the Premier League title race, Salah’s absence could have massive ramifications on the EPL season. Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne suffered a serious hamstring injury in the first match of the season, and the Belgian only just returned to the pitch, having missed five months of action, his absence clearly affecting Man City’s ability to dominate EPL play as they have in recent years.

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