Mohamed Salah’s early exit from Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations match against Ghana has raised concerns for manager Rui Vitoria.
The Liverpool forward, Salah, had to be substituted on the brink of halftime after sustaining an injury and receiving on-field treatment.
The incident occurred when Salah fell to the ground while advancing in a counter-attack, signaling to the bench that he could not continue. Egypt, aiming to avoid defeat to stay in contention for the knockout stages, ultimately settled for a 2-2 draw without their key player.
With the upcoming crucial group stage match against Cape Verde on Monday, Salah’s availability remains uncertain. Leaving the pitch, he was observed clutching the back of his left thigh, and some Ghana fans cheered as he headed down the tunnel.
In the post-match comments, Vitoria admitted the uncertainty surrounding Salah’s injury, emphasising it’s too early to determine if it will pose a significant challenge.
While Vitoria expressed optimism that the injury might not be ‘dangerous,’ he admitted lacking full information on the extent of the problem.
“I hope not [a big problem],” said Vitoria. “We don’t know yet what the problem is. I hope it’s not a big problem but it was a problem in the first half. It was difficult timing for us because in the second half, we could only make two substitutions. But now, I don’t know. It’s early to see something. I think it’s not dangerous but let’s see if Salah recovers.”
Egypt suffered an early setback, conceding a goal within a minute of Mohamed Salah leaving the pitch. Mohammed Kudus capitalised, securing a half-time lead for Ghana.
In the second half, the West Ham forward increased his tally, but goals from Egypt’s Omar Marmoush and Mostafa Mohamed resulted in a shared outcome.
Upon Salah’s return to Merseyside after the tournament, Liverpool fervently hope he won’t face an extended absence. The 31-year-old has played a crucial role in the Reds’ impressive form, propelling them into contention across four competitions.
Salah’s impact is evident in his contribution of 27 combined goals and assists, leading Liverpool’s attacking charge. His consistent performance is vital for their aspirations in ongoing campaigns.
Notably, Salah has already missed fixtures against Arsenal and Fulham, and the potential of him being sidelined for an additional five games looms if Egypt advances to the final on February 10.
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