Liverpool’s Sadio Mane runs with the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday Nov. 8, 2020AP

Liverpool scores on Sunday 22 November 2020 (021120) in an English Premier League match at Anfield in Liverpool, England, on Leicester City

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Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has mild symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus and is expected to be self-isolating in Egypt for at least next week, the national team’s doctor said on Saturday

In an interview with The Associated Press, Mohamed Abou Elela said that Salah’s attendance at his brother’s wedding may have contributed to his contracting COVID-19, but he cannot be certain

Salah’s positive tests were returned on Friday the evening before the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo.He will now miss Liverpool’s first Premier League game after the international break against Leicester next Sunday

Abou Elela, who spoke to the Liverpool team doctor Friday and Saturday, said Salah was required to isolate for seven days according to Egyptian health guidelines

“He is a mild case – he has no severe symptoms,” Abou Elela told the AP in a video call from Cairo. “He has to self-isolate in Egypt until his test is negative and then of course he can travel back.” / P>

28-year-old Salah tested positive after dancing – sometimes with no face covering – at his brother’s wedding in Cairo earlier this week

“I can’t deny it,” Abou Elela replied when asked if Salah could have been infected with little social distance at the wedding. “Nobody knows, because unfortunately we still don’t know everything about the virus mine The answer is maybe yes, maybe no ”

But Egypt is not suffering from the pandemic as much as the UK.While Egypt reported 244 new coronavirus cases and 12 deaths in Friday’s daily update, the UK reported another 26 on Saturday860 cases and 462 COVID-19 deaths

As the first Egyptian player to become Premier League champions, Salah was catapulted into a world star and is a figurehead for his homeland off the field

“The concerns (are) from the Egyptian authorities because Mo is special to Egypt,” said Abou Elela. “Everyone here wants to help and to do what the whole country can do”

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