Mohamed Salah and his agent have hit out at critics lambasting the Liverpool forward, who has recently returned to Merseyside for treatment on a hamstring injury sustained during the Africa Cup of Nations.
Salah chose to break his silence upon his return to Liverpool for medical care, disclosing the hamstring injury incurred while representing Egypt at AFCON.
The incident occurred during Egypt’s second game against Ghana, leading to an initial prognosis of a two-game absence. However, subsequent assessments revealed a more severe setback, with the 31-year-old anticipating a recovery period of three to four weeks.
To optimize Salah’s chances of participating again in AFCON, Liverpool and Egypt reached an agreement for his return to Merseyside for treatment. This decision, however, subjected Salah to criticism within his homeland, where some disapproved of his departure from the national side.
Amid the controversy, both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Lijnders found themselves defending the forward against the backlash. Additionally, Egypt’s manager, Rui Vitoria, criticized Liverpool’s manager for publicly disclosing Salah’s return to Liverpool before the crucial final group game against Cape Verde.
Salah has returned to England for rehabilitation at the AXA Training Centre. In response to criticism, he has used social media to address his critics.
“Yesterday I started the treatment and rehabilitation program,” he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “And I will do everything possible to be ready as soon as possible and return to the national team as was agreed upon from the beginning… I also love it and its people… try harder.”
Meanwhile, Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, has also hit out at his client’s critics after he first broke the injury was worse than first feared in the first place.
“The same individuals and ‘influencers’ who get weak in the knees when they happen to bump into Mohamed in person and beg for ‘follows’ or selfies, tried to capitalise on an unfortunate injury and questioned Mohamed’s commitment to his country,” he wrote. “They did this looking for fame, clicks and ‘likes’.
“I want to thank those who did the honourable thing and pointed out how ridiculous and cheap that was. I took names. In both cases.
“Most importantly, to the vast majority of you, who support Mohamed, my message to you is not to worry, because your global icon, the one you helped create, is already too big to be brought down by social media. No hyperventilating or foaming-in-the-mouth ‘influencer’ is going to change that.”
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