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Mohamed Salah is set to miss at least three games for Liverpool after returning a second positive coronavirus test.

Salah was already ruled out of this weekend’s clash against Premier League leaders Leicester City after testing positive for the virus last Friday while on international duty with Egypt last week.

But he returned a second positive test on Wednesday and must remain in self-isolation in his home country.

And that adds to the selection crisis facing Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who is without up to nine first-team players ahead of the return to Premier League action.

As well as Sunday’s visit of Leicester, Salah will miss next Wednesday’s Anfield Champions League clash against Atalanta.

And, with Premier League protocols clear that any player testing positive must self-isolate for a minimum period of 10 days, he is also set to miss the trip to Brighton a week on Saturday.

Liverpool’s next game after that is at home to Ajax on December 1 – but Salah will need the coronavirus all-clear before it is known whether he can return to training ahead of that game.

Egyptian FA chief Amr El Ganainy previously claimed Salah won’t leave Egypt until he has recovered.

When Salah is eventually allowed to return to the UK, he must convince government officials that he has remained in an international football travel corridor, which would allow him to relax strict rules saying anyone returning from abroad into the UK must self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

The government has indicated that players returning from international duty will be exempt from that rule, if they have remained in a closed bubble with their national team.

However, Salah will be under close scrutiny, having first attended his brother Nasr’s wedding before linking up with the Pharoahs.

His absence is expected to give summer signing Diogo Jota an extended run in the Liverpool team after a series of impressive recent performances from the former Wolves forward.

Jota has scored seven goals in nine Premier League and Champions League appearances since joining Liverpool in September.

But it is in defence where Klopp has the most concerns, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out with long-term knee injuries, while Trent Alexander-Arnold is also currently sidelined.

Andy Robertson picked up a hamstring knock on international duty with Scotland, but gave his manager a boost when he came through 90 minutes during his country’s defeat to Israel on Wednesday.

Jordan Henderson and Rhys Williams have also suffered injuries during the international break and will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s game.

Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho are also on their way back to fitness, while it is not yet known when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will return from his knee injury.

Salah’s international team-mate Mohamed Elneny has also tested positive for coronavirus, and is expected to miss Arsenal’s games against Leeds on Sunday and Molde next Thursday.

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