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Egypt Legend Tells Salah Not To Return To AFCON

ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST – JANUARY 14: Mohamed Salah of Egypt during the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations group stage match between Egypt and Mozambique at on January 14, 2024 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (Photo by Visionhaus.Getty Images)

One of Egypt’s biggest legends has hit out at Mohamed Salah for going back to England to continue his rehab.

Salah picked up an injury in the first half of the side’s 2-2 draw against Ghana in the group stages. 

Jurgen Klopp’s remarks about Salah getting treatment in Liverpool did not go down well with supporters and former players.

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Egypt’s all-time leading scorer Hossam Hassan feels the Reds superstar should not return to the squad if he recovers from the injury.

“If Salah feels he wants to travel, he should travel and not return to the national team again because the injury is not severe; he needs physiotherapy which is available with the national team.

“A hamstring injury does not require extensive facilities in Liverpool. Big clubs always send doctors and physical therapists with top players to these tournaments, and in Liverpool, they know if Salah needs something, they will send doctors to him.

“Salah, with his great value, should continue with the national team both morally and psychologically. It affects other teams that he can participate at any time, but his departure will affect Egypt negatively and the opponents positively.

“If I was the Egypt manager and he told me his desire to travel to Liverpool, I would tell him to continue there, and we have capable men in the national team.

“Salah is one of the best individuals who have achieved accomplishments for Egypt globally, but the national team is a red line for anyone. Even if you are injured and cannot play, you have a significant role from both a technical and moral perspective.”

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