Mohamed Salah has tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Egypt.
Salah, the Liverpool winger, was due to line up for his country against Togo but tested positive for coronavirus despite being asymptommatic.
‘The medical survey conducted showed that our international player Mohamed Salah [of] Liverpool was infected with the Coronavirus after his survey came back positive,’ a statement read.
The Liverpool attacker has made a flying start to the season, scoring eight goals in eight Premier League starts and he was expected to lead his country out in back-to-back African Cup of Nations games against Togo.
It’s more bad news for Liverpool, who have already lost Joe Gomez to a serious injury during this international break.
Gomez suffered a training injury while representing England and now is expected to miss six months of action.
He joins centre-back partner Virgil van Dijk on the sidelines after the defender was injured against Everton.
Salah should return to action far sooner but is now a major doubt for their home clash against Leicester City a week on Saturday.
He’s not the first Liverpool player to test positive for Covid-19.
Team-mates Sadio Mane, Xherdan Shaqiri and Thiago Alcantara have all previously contracted coronavirus.