Mohamed Salah: Egypt Captain Returns to Liverpool Training After Injury at AFCON 2023

Mohamed Salah: Egypt Captain Returns to Liverpool Training After Injury at AFCON 2023

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 14, 2024 at 7:26 AM
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  • Mohamed Salah played twice for Egypt at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
  • He was taken off at half-time of the 2-2 draw against Ghana due to injury
  • Salah is back in full team training three days after AFCON was concluded

Mohamed Salah is back in full training for Liverpool after shaking off the muscle injury that cut short his outing at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

Salah featured twice at AFCON 2023, completing the full 90 minutes of the 2-2 draw with Mozambique, but went off a few minutes to half-time against Ghana.

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Mohamed Salah is back in full training with Liverpool after the hamstring injury that cut his AFCON campaign short. Photo by Andrew Powell.
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The Pharaohs drew the game 2-2 before recording the same scoreline in their final group game against Cape Verde, which the winger watched from the stands.

He returned to England for 'intense rehabilitation' with the hope that he would return to the team's camp if they went far in the tournament. However, Egypt were eliminated on penalties by DR Congo in the Round of 16.

Salah returns to Liverpool training

The 31-year-old drew the ire of Egyptian fans and legends after leaving the national team camp, a move which had some questioning his commitment and leadership.

Three days after AFCON was concluded with hosts, Ivory Coast, beating Nigeria 2-1 in the final, the two-time African footballer of the year is back in action.

As seen in a post on his social media, Salah shared two images of himself in full team training at the AXA Training Centre in Melwood as the Reds prepare for the trip to Brentford on Saturday.

Per Goal, Jurgen Klopp claimed the game against Burnley was too early for the Egyptian's return, but he will train with the team this week ahead of a possible return this weekend.

Mido questions Salah's leadership

Sports Brief also previously reported on Egyptian legend, Hossam Mido, questioning Salah's leadership due to how his injury and exit from the AFCON camp were handled.

The former Premier League striker believes his compatriot’s ability to lead the national team is questionable and is not on the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.