Mohamed Salah scored directly from a corner for Egypt on Friday night, then limped off with a muscle injury in the final stages of their match against Swaziland.
Egypt ran out comfortable winners, 4-1, with Salah’s 45th-minute goal the undoubted highlight.
But Liverpool’s talisman later looked to have picked up a muscle injury, possibly his groin, and was eventually subbed in stoppage time.
What was frustrating was how long he remained on the pitch despite Egypt being comfortably ahead.
After the match, Egypt’s assistant coach said the injury was a muscle strain and the player will undergo medical tests.
Liverpool will surely want those tests to take place back at Melwood, rather than remaining with the international setup.
Mohamed Salah scores from a corner-kick like a Pharaoh
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Egypt play in Swaziland on Tuesday in another Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and it’s reported that the national team consider it unlikely he will be fit to play in that fixture.
In April, Salah picked up a groin injury against Man City in the Champions League, undergoing a scan before missing the Merseyside derby – a game where Jurgen Klopp rotated his squad anyway – and then returned for the away leg against City the following week.
Groin injuries can, in some instances, mean up to four weeks on the sidelines.
Elsewhere, there was better news as Naby Keita appeared for Guinea. The midfielder had trained alone earlier in the week, leading to speculation he may be suffering with an injury.