Mohamed Salah risks Egypt's wrath as he trains with Liverpool just a DAY after his national team complained they 'can not communicate' with him – as bizarre club versus country row over forward's fitness continues
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Mohamed Salah risks Egypt's wrath as he trains with Liverpool just a DAY after his national team complained they 'can not communicate' with him – as bizarre club versus country row over forward's fitness continues

Mar 24, 2024
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Mohamed Salah has risked escalated a bizarre club versus country row over his fitness after returning to training with Liverpool.

The Liverpool talisman was seen in traning with the Reds ahead of their Europa League last-16 tie with Sparta Prague on Thursday.

Salah’s return to training just a day after the Egyptian FA complained they have been unable to communicate with the injured forward.

Liverpool wrote directly to Egypt at the end of last week asking the national team to exempt their star man and captain from an upcoming camp in Abu Dhabi, where the Pharaohs are set to face New Zealand in a friendly tournament.

Egypt rejected that request and called up the player, insisting it was their right to assess Salah’s fitness themselves. 

Mohamed Salah returned to Liverpool training on Wednesday as he steps up his recovery

Mohamed Salah returned to Liverpool training on Wednesday as he steps up his recovery

Salah's return comes amid a club versus country row between Liverpool and Egypt

Salah’s return comes amid a club versus country row between Liverpool and Egypt

The forward has played just once for Liverpool since sustaining an injury in the Africa Cup of Nations group stage.

National chiefs wanted Egyptian doctor Mohamed Abu El-Ela to run his own assessment of Salah before making any decisions on his involvement in the upcoming international camp.

The Egyptian FA have said that they would ‘adhere to his inclusion’ if he played any minutes for Liverpool before then.

Egypt rejected Liverpool’s request and included Salah in the squad anyway, effectively saying they would make their own mind up on his fitness. However, a member of the Egyptian FA board has said they have been unable to communicate with Salah.

Salah’s return to training comes ahead of Liverpool’s crunch match against Manchester City in the Premier League title race on Sunday.

Mail Sport reported that Liverpool believe Salah’s minutes will need to be managed, to avoid an injury recurrence, even if he is fit to face City.

The Reds wrote a letter to Egypt asking for the player to be left out of an upcoming training camp for a friendly tournament

The Reds wrote a letter to Egypt asking for the player to be left out of an upcoming training camp for a friendly tournament

Egypt rejected the request with the player featuring just once for Liverpool since sustaining an injury at AFCON

Egypt rejected the request with the player featuring just once for Liverpool since sustaining an injury at AFCON

Salah has not featured for Liverpool since playing half of the win over Brentford in mid-February.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has expressed hope Salah could be involved against Man City.

These arguments were put across to Egypt’s FA in a letter which asked the nation to prioritise Salah’s long-term health instead of risking his fitness at the friendly tournament later this month where they will play New Zealand. Croatia and Tunisia are also present at the competition. 

Egypt are understood to be very keen to patch up relations with Liverpool after the two parties also clashed when Salah left the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast early to undergo rehab on Merseyside. 

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