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Mohamed Salah injury: Liverpool superstar comes off in Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations match with Ghana

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Mohamed Salah came off before halftime of Egypt’s 2-2 draw with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday, leaving both fans of his national team and club side Liverpool concerned about his availability with crucial matches ahead.

The Egypt captain came off in first half stoppage time with an undisclosed injury, leaving his side to compete without him as the score was 0-0. It’s unclear what the timeline is for his recovery.

The scoreline changed quickly after Salah’s departure, with Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus scoring just two minutes after the substitution. Omar Marmoush equalized for Egypt in the 69th minute but Kudus scored again just two minutes later. Mostafa Mohamed scored to make the score 2-2 in the 74th minute.

The result puts Egypt in second place in Group B with two points following their 2-2 draw with Mozambique, who are set to play group leaders Cape Verde on Friday. Salah’s team is yet to clinch a berth in the knockout round and need things to go its way against Cape Verde on Monday, and his availability could be crucial for their prospects. The Pharaohs can take some positivity from the fact that Salah has scored just one of their four goals so far this tournament, though.

Salah’s recovery timeline could also put a dent in Liverpool’s title hopes. He currently leads the Premier League with 14 shots as the Reds sit atop the table at roughly the halfway point of the season. Liverpool have fared well so far without Salah, winning both of their games since he departed for the Africa Cup of Nations and scoring four goals in the process. Their hold on first place is not a firm one, though — they currently sit just two points ahead of reigning champions Manchester City.

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