Liverpool fans were given an almighty scare on Thursday night when their talisman Salah limped off injured just before half-time of Egypt’s 2-2 draw with Ghana.
The Egyptian FA have since released a statement confirming that while the 31-year-old did suffer a strain on his hamstring, it is not as bad as first feared.
He will miss his country’s final group game against Cape Verde on Monday night as well as their round-of-16 match should they progress, but he should be fit in time for a quarter-final clash.
Of course, that depends on how far Egypt get in the tournament without their captain and star player, and the Pharaohs have underwhelmed so far, drawing both of their games 2-2.
Victory against Cape Verde will guarantee them a place in the knockouts but failing that they will need to rely on the result of Ghana vs Mozambique going in their favour.
Discussing his fitness ahead of the crucial game, Salah told reporters on Sunday: ‘My injury is still there but the most important thing now is to speak about the game.
‘We are very positive, we have great players and a great team, and we just need to fight and see what will happen.’
Egypt have not won AFCON since 2010, but did reach the final in 2017 and 2021.
Salah added: ‘I would love to win it, absolutely. I have won everything possible but this one not yet.
‘It will happen somehow, that is what I believe, and whatever I believe I achieve, so sooner or later it will happen. Everybody knows what it means to any player to win an Africa Cup.
‘We were unlucky at the last one and also in Gabon. The players are very motivated to win the tournament. We all want to win it.
‘At the end of the day we are not doing great at the moment but we have a fantastic team and a great coach, so we just need to stay focused. I believe that with hard work everything is possible, so we just need to win one game to qualify and we go from there.’
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