Mohamed Salah of Liverpool played 90 minutes for Egypt in their 1-0 win over Guinea, only for it to later be known that he had been injured before the game.
Mohamed Salah might face the wrath of Liverpool executives after it was discovered that he turned down a request for an injury scan.
The Reds’ forward was a concern for the Champions League final after suffering an injury in the FA Cup final two weeks prior.
But he overcame his problems and made his debut in Paris, where they were defeated 1-0.
However, there are now claims that the 29-year-old wasn’t fully fit at the Stade de France, with Egypt’s manager admitting that he arrived for the recent international camp with a knock.
Ehab Galal spoke after leading the Pharaohs to a victory over Guinea in his first game as coach.
With just three minutes remaining, Egypt won their first African Cup of Nations qualifier in dramatic fashion, with Mostafa Mohamed hitting the game-winning goal.
Salah played the entire 90 minutes in Cairo, but Galal revealed that he only did so after denying Liverpool’s request for a pre-match scan.
“Salah had an injury and played through it.” Galal said to KingFut.
It’s the latest setback for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, coming just days after Sadio Mane made headlines ahead of Senegal’s match against Benin.
Mane, who, like Salah, has a contract expiring next summer, claimed he would support his country after learning that more than half of his country wanted him to leave Liverpool.
“Doesn’t it seem like between 60 and 70% of the Senegalese want me to leave Liverpool?” Last week, Mane remarked.
“I’m going to do anything they want. We’ll find out soon enough!”
He has subsequently explained his remarks and stated that they were made in jest, but it has done nothing to dispel rumours about his impending departure.
While Salah has stated his desire to stay at Anfield next season, Mane has made no such declaration, with Bayern Munich having already had an opening bid rejected.
In the build-up to the final with Real Madrid, Salah had been tight-lipped about the ongoing talks and refused to comment on his long-term future. “I don’t think about the contract in my head.”
He explained, “I don’t want to be selfish at all. Two months ago, I said it’s all about the team. This is a critical period for us.”
In the meantime, Barcelona have informed Mohamed Salah that he will be able to join their impending galaxy of stars at the Nou Camp next summer.
Salah, who is yet to sign a new deal with Liverpool, has been guaranteed a free transfer to the Catalan giants next summer.
After telling close friends a few months ago that he was willing to prolong his Merseyside stay, the attacker is reported to be delaying accepting a new agreement due to the Barcelona issue.
With a £235 million naming rights contract with audio streaming provider Spotify, the Spanish giants have begun rebuilding their team in order to compete for major titles both at home and abroad once more.
In a separate interview with FourFourTwo, the Liverpool talisman dismissed accusations that the prolonged contract discussions were due to money.
“I’m not sure. I only have a year left. I believe the fans know what I want, but the deal isn’t only about the money.
So I’m not sure, I can’t say for sure. I’ve just got a year left, and the fans already know what I want.
This club means a lot to me; I’ve had more fun playing football here than anyplace else, and everyone can see it.
I’ve had a lot of incredible experiences here, like winning trophies, scoring individual goals, and receiving individual awards. It’s like being part of a family here.”