Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah could be facing another spell on the sidelines after suffering a recurrence of his ankle injury in the 3-1 victory over Manchester City.
The injury first occurred when Salah was on the wrong end of a tough tackle from Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury, who was booked for the challenge, in October.
Salah was stretchered off as a result and also forced to sit out the 1-1 draw at Manchester United following the previous international break.
He has also failed to complete 90 minutes in a league game since, being substituted against Tottenham, Aston Villa and Manchester City.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp shed light on the ongoing issue earlier this month, revealing:
“I think it is more really annoying – for him, not me – the fact it always has a bit of fluid in, and he has to deal with it.
“We get it out and it comes back, and stuff like that.”
The Egyptian star was seen clutching the same ankle after a firm but fair slide tackle from City’s Fernandinho in the first-half of Sunday’s crucial fixture.
It is thought Liverpool wanted Salah to stay with their medical team to undertake a scan on the issue, but a compromise was met with club physiotherapist – and former player – Richie Partridge travelling overseas with him to continually treat and assess the issue to the club’s standards.
His national side have since confirmed via Twitter that Salah will miss their African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros, picturing him wearing a protective boot on his left foot.
Sky Sports have reported that a return date ‘remains unclear’ but he certainly seems a doubt for the Reds’ visit to Crystal Palace on November 23.
A three-to-four week timeline, as suggested by certain sources, could even see him miss up to five or six fixtures.
Liverpool have been handed a boost by the news that Xherdan Shaqiri should return to fitness in time for the Palace match, but it’s times like these when another winger – such as Jadon Sancho or Ryan Fraser, both of whom have been linked with the club this week – to call upon would prove very handy indeed.