Mohamed Salah’s hamstring injury’s severity and his chances of playing in the Africa Cup of Nations finals were still unknown on Friday, as Egypt said that tests were still ongoing.
Before the half in Thursday’s Group B match in Abidjan against Ghana, Salah complained of a hamstring strain.
A scan was scheduled for the injury, but Egypt’s physician Mohamed Abu El-Ela stated that not all of their research had been done.
“The results of the medical examinations he underwent were not completed today and thus the decision on his participation was postponed,” he said.
He claimed that although Salah had originally requested to be pulled off the field during the crucial game, he changed his mind when the discomfort got worse.
Juergen Klopp, Salah’s manager at Liverpool, stated earlier on Friday that the injury might be significant because Salah hardly ever missed time on the pitch for his team.
“I spoke with him last night and how it was.
“They are doing further assessments now and then we will know more,” Klopp told reporters.
“At that moment he was shocked and couldn’t see why he was hit by something so intense.
“You have these hamstring injuries in a different way.
“He felt it and we know how rarely Mo goes off, or needs to go off, so it is definitely something but I don’t have any more information right now.”
Just 10 league games have been missed by the 31-year-old Salah in his more than six seasons with Liverpool.
Klopp expressed his uncertainty over whether Liverpool’s medical team would go to the Ivory Coast to evaluate Salah’s level of damage.
“We will see. It depends on the diagnostics,” he said.
“We will have ultrasound and MRI and then we will know what it is and we will see and make plans but it’s too early (at the moment),” he said.
Seven-time cup champions Egypt would suffer a severe setback if they lost Salah, who is approaching 100 caps for his nation. Egypt has had a slow start to their campaign in the Ivory Coast.
After a VAR ruling on Sunday, Salah scored a last-minute penalty to help Egypt escape an embarassing loss against Mozambique in their opening match, drawing 2-2.
They overcame deficits twice to draw 2-2 with Ghana on Thursday, and they will essentially need to defeat the Cape Verde Islands in their final group match on Monday to go to the round of 16.