Egypt confirms they will NOT call Mo Salah about the Olympics next summer if Liverpool won’t allow it. Just days after the striker tested positive for coronavirus, he celebrated at his brother’s wedding in international service
- Mohamed Salah tested positive for coronavirus in Egypt last Friday
- The striker had prepared to play for his country in World Cup qualifiers
- Egypt is now leaving its possible Olympic participation in Liverpool’s hands
- The Tokyo Games next summer will take place in the pre-season of the Reds
- Liverpool and Egypt say they have not yet discussed the issue with the player
Egypt have admitted that they will not call Mohamed Salah to the Olympics next summer unless their club Liverpool give them permission.
The Reds were experiencing a frustrating international hiatus highlighted by their positive forward tests for coronavirus, which excluded him from their key battle with Premier League leaders Leicester City on Sunday.
After the ordeal, Egyptian U23 coach Shawky Gharib, who will take over the Olympic team in Tokyo, admitted that the timing of the Olympics was just days before the start of the 2021-22 Premier League season and a few months before the Africa Cup of Nations in the January meant the problem of his participation was in Liverpool’s hands.
Egypt won’t call Mo Salah to the Olympics next summer if Liverpool don’t allow it
“We will speak to Liverpool in March,” he said MBC burl. ‘We haven’t discussed the problem (a possible call for the Olympics) with the player yet.
‘The problem is that the AFCON is played a few months after the Olympics but it ends and the Premier League starts three days later. But we can only call Salah if Liverpool agrees. «
Despite the football competition being an U23 tournament, Egypt are hoping to include Salah as one of their designated aging players who he could appear in at least three group stage games.
The Egyptian U23 coach Shawky Gharib will take over the Olympic team in Tokyo
Jürgen Klopp previously admitted that he didn’t want to lose Salah during a key time for the Reds in the preseason, but admitted that the appeal of playing at the Olympics had to be taken into account.
He said in February: “Do I want to lose a player this preseason? No of course not. But we have to consider different things. I’ll talk to Mo and all that stuff.
“We are absolutely clear about what we want, but we need more information – what will it be like, when will the preparation start, all that stuff, and nobody has really contacted us yet, it’s just in the media.”
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“But come on, it’s the Olympics, I’m still an athlete, the Olympics is the Olympics, but we have to see.”
Salah had traveled to play for Egypt in World Cup qualifying for international break but attended his brother Nasr’s wedding before meeting the squad, where he was celebrated with guests.
The Cairo ceremony took place the day after he attended an Egyptian FA awards ceremony, before testing positive for coronavirus last Friday.
Despite being asymptomatic, he took three more positive tests but was still allowed to fly to London on Friday night. He will immediately go into self-isolation before being tested again on Sunday.
The wedding of Salah’s brother Nasr (right) took place in the Egyptian capital Cairo
Salah tested positive for coronavirus just days after his brother’s wedding