Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has flown back to his club after sustaining an injury on international duty with Egypt.
The Reds’ No. 11 scored a brilliant first-half goal direct from a corner kick on Friday, but left the pitch injured in stoppage time.
His early exit came after he had received treatment on the touchline a few minutes earlier, as Egypt overcame Swaziland 4-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The two nations meet again on Tuesday, but Salah will not be taking part.
Instead, Goal.com report that he has headed back to Liverpool for assessment and treatment, after his national team’s assistant manager suggested it was not a serious injury.
A Facebook post from the national side indicated “Javier Aguirre has decided to let Mohamed Salah return to his club and not participate in the Swaziland match on Tuesday to give him more rest.
“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.”
Salah has scored three times in 11 appearances this term for the Reds, but is without a goal since netting in late September against Southampton.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side are next in action away at Huddersfield next Saturday, giving Salah a full week to regain full fitness.
Given the Terriers have started the season in poor form, without a win thus far in eight Premier League games, there’s every chance Klopp might still decide to rest Salah.
Xherdan Shaqiri might be in contention for a start, having played this week for Switzerland, while Daniel Sturridge could also come in with Roberto Firmino playing wider, or slightly deeper if Klopp opts to change system as well as personnel.