Liverpool’s winger Mohamed Salah is set to miss Egypt’s national team’s friendly against Tanzania، as the team continues preparations for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Liverpool forward، 26، joined up with the squad only on Wednesday having been given additional time off following the Uefa Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur on June 1. Salah scored the opener from the spot in Madrid as Liverpool went on to win 2-0 and seal a sixth European Cup.
Egypt، seven-time Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) champions، have been training since last week as they get set to host the continental showpiece for the first time in 12 years. They take on Tanzania at the Borg El Arab Stadium on Thursday before facing Guinea in another warm-up match this Sunday.
Placed in Group A، the hosts open the tournament against Zimbabwe in Cairo on June 21، then meet DR Congo and Uganda for a place in the knockouts. They last lifted the crown in 2010.
Egypt manager Javier Aguirre confirmed Salah would not be selected against Tanzania، although he did say he could well play a part in Sunday’s friendly.