Mohamed Salah has reaffirmed his love for Egypt however hit again at his critics after being pressured to go away their camp for the Africa Cup of Nations with a hamstring damage.
The winger was pressured off at half-time of Egypt’s 2-2 draw with Ghana of their second group stage fixture, and although he was initially anticipated to return shortly, additional checks revealed the damage was extra severe than first thought and he has returned to Liverpool for remedy.
Salah might but return to the Pharaohs’ camp later within the event ought to he make a speedy restoration, however his choice to go away the setup has confirmed controversial in his dwelling nation.
Egypt legend Ahmed Hasan had accused Mohamed Salah of “plotting his departure”, however this declare was refuted by Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp and his assistant Pep Lijnders.
Taking to X, previously Twitter, Salah spoke for the primary time within the aftermath of the uproar.
“Yesterday I began the remedy and rehabilitation program and I’ll do all the pieces doable to be prepared as quickly as doable and return to the nationwide crew as was agreed upon from the start,” Salah wrote.
“I additionally find it irresistible [Egypt] and its individuals…strive more durable.”
Salah’s use of emojis and his seemingly passive-aggressive undertone has solely prompted additional debate on social media, with most of the high replies questioning his seriousness and dedication.
Egypt are by way of to the final 16 of AFCON and can tackle DR Congo on Sunday. Ought to they prevail, they are going to then face Guinea or Equatorial Guinea within the quarter-finals on February 2.
The semi-finals are scheduled for February 7 earlier than the ultimate takes place on February 11. Ought to Egypt fall within the final 4, they are going to go right into a third-place play-off on February 10 as an alternative.
Liverpool, in the meantime, face Norwich Metropolis within the FA Cup fourth spherical this weekend earlier than a pair of tough Premier League matches at dwelling to Chelsea and away at Arsenal. They host Burnley on February 10 and journey to Brentford per week later earlier than going through Chelsea within the Carabao Cup ultimate on February 25, at which level Salah is anticipated to be match once more.