Egypt will not call up Mohamed Salah to their squad for next year’s Olympic games if Liverpool do not grant them permission to do so, it has been revealed.
Salah is set to be missing the Reds‘ game with Leicester City tomorrow evening after picking up a positive test following a wedding attendance, in a blow that has come alongside several others over the international break.
Naturally, it’s brought further potential absences into the spotlight and Salah could provide one if he heads to Tokyo for the Olympic games, which clashes with the start of next season’s Premier League.
Shawky Gharib, the man set to take charge of the Egypt side next summer, though, has revealed they will only call him up if Liverpool allow.
He said to MBC Maser, via the Daily Mail:
“We will speak with Liverpool in March.
“We haven’t discussed the issue (a potential call up for the Olympic Games) with the player yet.
“The problem is that the AFCON will be played a few months after the Olympics, but the latter will end and the Premier League will start three days after. But we can’t call up Salah unless Liverpool approve.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Liverpool will need to think really carefully about this one for obvious reasons.
The attacker will miss the start of next season’s Premier League campaign if he does head off with Egypt but, on the other hand, they’ll need to contend with the potential preference of the player to feature in an Olympic side.
Ultimately, the hope will be he doesn’t head off to Tokyo but time will tell as to how things develop here.