Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny will fly back to the UK on a private jet from Egypt on Friday after they tested positive again for coronavirus.
Salah and Elneny tested positive while on international duty for Egypt and were checked again on Thursday, returning another positive swab.
Salah, who initially tested positive for coronavirus last Friday, has missed Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations two qualifiers against Togo.
In a statement on Thursday, the Egyptian FA said: “The Egyptian Federation has been in constant contact and coordination with the two clubs since each of them was infected with coronavirus.
“Communication was made through captain Mohamed Fadl, a member of the five-year committee in charge of managing the Federation’s affairs at the administrative level, and Dr. Muhammad Abu Al-Ela, the doctor of the national team at the medical level, while the two players made a new swab for each. Both of them today were positive.”
The pair will now return to the UK, where they will be tested on arrival and must complete their 10-day isolation period, as outlined by the UK government’s coronavirus rules.
Salah is expected to be ruled out of Liverpool’s match with Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.
Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac has also tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Kolasinac and international team-mate Ibrahim Sehic both missed Wednesday’s game against Italy.