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Egyptian Liverpool star Mo Salah tests positive for Covid-19, says national team

Salah reportedly infected but shows no symptoms on the eve of Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo
Egyptian Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah quarantined after initial tests show he has Covid-19 (AFP)

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has tested positive for the coronavirus on the eve of Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo, the Egyptian national football team said on Friday.

"The medical swab conducted on the mission of our first national football team showed that our international player, Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool star, was infected with the coronavirus, after his test came back positive," the team said on Twitter.

"The player does not suffer from any symptoms. The other members of the team tested negative," the statement added.

"Salah underwent the medical protocol after the team's doctor coordinated with his English club. In addition to his isolation inside his room and also isolating all his contacts." 

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The statement added that he will undergo further checks in the coming hours. 

The Egyptian Football Federation posted the same statement on Friday, then later deleted it and instead said three players have tested positive and will undergo another test before Saturday’s game. 

It was not clear why the federation deleted the posts on Facebook and Twitter. 

The player has yet to publicly comment on the results of the tests.