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Egypt assistant coach provides update on Salah’s injury

Egypt assistant coach provides update on Salah’s injury

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah rolls the ball past Tottenham's Christian Eriksen at Wembley.

Mohamed Salah superbly curled a corner into the net in Egypt's 4-1 home win over Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) in Cairo but the Liverpool forward later limped off with a muscle strain and is doubtful for the return match on Tuesday.

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But he proved his quality in the Pharaohs' 4-1 demolition job on Friday night.

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Egypt's assistant coach Hany Ramzy did not believe the issue to be serious, telling BeIn Sports: "The initial diagnosis of the Egypt national team medical staff is that Salah suffered a muscular injury, he will be examined to determine the details, but in my opinion it is not unsafe".

Salah appeared to pull up with a hamstring problem as the game entered stoppage time.

By netting the audacious effort from the corner flag, Salah set a new Egyptian record with his 13th career goal in Africa Cup of Nations qualification, going one past previous record-holder Hossam Hassan.

If Tunisia beat Niger tomorrow then the Pharaohs would hold a five-point cushion to Swaziland in third. Guinea leads the group after beating Rwanda 2-0. Cameroon has already qualified for the 2019 tournament as host - although its hosting is now in doubt - but is taking part in the qualifiers to stay match sharp. The team failed to qualify for the last two World Cups and three of the last five African Cups and the latest blow came this week with a fallout between national broadcaster SABC and the South African Football Association over the value of the national team.