EGYPT have confirmed Mo Salah is returning to Liverpool for rehab after picking up an injury at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 31-year-old went down hurt and was substituted in the first-half of Egypt’s 2-2 draw with Ghana on Thursday.
Salah suffered a hamstring injury and has since undergone scans.
And Egypt confirmed Salah was flying back to England, releasing a statement that read: “The Egyptian FA announces that Salah will now travel to England to receive treatment with the hope that he will join the Egyptian national team if it qualifies for the semi-finals.”
Salah will miss Egypt‘s game against Cape Verde and their following two knockout matches should they make it out of their group.
The final is not until February 11.
The Pharaohs drew their opening two games of Afcon and need a win on Monday to seal their place in the last 16.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had already confirmed Salah’s return to the club prior to Egypt’s statement.
When asked if he could still head back to the tournament, the Reds boss said: “If he is fit before the final then probably yes.
“That’s the plan. If that’s already decided 100 per cent, I don’t know. But that’s the plan.
“I think probably everybody sees it makes sense that he’s doing the rehab with us or with our people.
“That’s the plan. But if it’s written in stone already, I don’t know.”
After Salah sustained the problem, the manager said: “I spoke last night with him and how it is with these injuries — you need further assessment.
“That’s what they are doing now and then we will know more.
“Of course it was in that moment a shock: ‘Oh my God, what is it?’
“You have these kinds of hamstring injuries in a different way but he felt it.
“And we all know how rarely Mo goes off or needs to go off, so there is definitely something and we will see.”