Mohamed Salah has withdrawn from the Egypt squad to take on Kenya and Comoros this month after a scan on his ongoing ankle injury.
Liverpool’s No. 11 joined up with his national team at the start of the week despite fears over a recurring problem in his left ankle.
Salah took another blow during the 3-1 win over Man City on Sunday, but played on and insisted on joining up with his Egypt team-mates ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
But after scans at the Pharaohs camp, he has been deemed unfit to feature in the games scheduled for Thursday and Monday, as confirmed by the Egyptian FA on Tuesday.
It remains to be seen whether Salah will be fit for the trip to Crystal Palace on November 23, though his absence from either qualifier this month should at least improve his chances.
This comes after the forward missed the October break to further rehab his injury, which he suffered at the hands of Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury at the beginning of last month.
Salah follows Andy Robertson, Harvey Elliott and Caoimhin Kelleher in pulling out of international duty, while Xherdan Shaqiri missed out for Switzerland due to injury and Dejan Lovren is suspended for Croatia.
There have been concerns over Salah’s form so far this season, but he has already scored nine and assisted five in 17 games, and produced an outstanding performance against City.
The hope will be that he is able to use this 10-day break to recover and return to the fold against Palace.